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By Occo

Intensely pungent as a dry spice, it mellows when cooked to become a powerful umami-enhancer. The ultimate je ne sais quoi ingredient, it is a key staple in Indian cuisine. rubs or in baked treats.

Like many herbs, fennel has a long history of medicinal use. It is more unique in Asafoetida has long been used as a treatment for gas pains and digestive issues. Its name in its native range, badian, reflects this. The literal translation is “that of gas or wind.”