EVOO Flavored with Fennel Seeds
Fennel seeds are very effective against digestive problems, and may be chewed or drunk in a tea-like infusion for beneficial effects upon the stomach. In India, fennel seeds are routinely chewed during or after meals to aid in digestion as a herbal mouth freshener. Fennel seeds often provide quick and effective relief from many digestive disorders. In addition, they are very rich in minerals including magnesium and help overcome gas, cramps, acid indigestion, and many other digestive tract problems.
Two of the main active constituents found in these seeds, which amazingly have a licorice-like flavor, are Anethol and Fenchone. While Anethol may inhibit spasms in smooth muscles, such as those in the intestinal tract, Fenchone may be responsible for the medicinal properties associated with fresh fennel, which, according to recent studies, can increase the production of bile and may also have diuretic, pain-reducing and anti-microbial properties.
To season your extra virgin olive oil, add one Tbs. of seeds, either salted or au naturel, into a 250-milliliter bottle and fill it with EVOO.
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