Saunf is a popular spice in India. It is also popular in the various regions across the world. Many people also consume it as a mouth freshener. It has a very special aroma and is slightly sweet in taste. That is why most people love to eat saunf after having a meal. It is also used to make various Ayurvedic medicines. But most people love this spice because of its strong aroma what feels refreshed. It is a common spice that is also used to make various dishes. Though saunf is a Hindi word. In Bengali, it is known as mouri. But do you know the name of saunf in English?
What is called saunf in English?
The scientific name of saunf is Foeniculum vulgare. It belongs to the carrot family. But still, it is not a root vegetable. It is called fennel in English. It is a strong flavorful herb.
What is fennel spice?
I think everybody knows what is fennel spice. You have definitely consumed this spice several times in your life. It is a very strong aromatic spice. This spice is native to the Mediterranean. But it is easily available across the globe. This spice is very popular in the Indian subcontinent. Here it is not just used as a cooking ingredient but also people consume it as a mouth freshener. The fruit of this plant is considered a spice. Though its bulb, as well as foliage, are also considered as a spice in some regions.
Benefits of fennel
It is not just an aromatic spice. It also contains a significant amount of various vitamins, minerals and fibre. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Fennel spice improves bad breathe and works as an excellent mouth freshener. It is also said that it helps in digestion. Many people drink fennel infused water regularly to reduce body weight. It may help in controlling blood pressure. Many people also claim it may be beneficial for patients with asthma or cancer. It may help you to prevent yourself from those diseases because it contains antioxidants.
Usage of fennel seeds
As you know it is consumed raw or roasted as a mouth freshener. Some people drink fennel infused water regularly because of its medicinal value. It is also used to make various delicious dishes in Indian cuisines. It is used as one of the 5 spices of Bengali spice mixture panch phoron. It is used to make various Indian curries, sweet dishes like chutneys & many other traditional sweet items.