Every foodie is constantly looking for ways to “spice” up their home cooking and enhance the flavors of their dishes. While you tinker with hundreds of spices, your best option for adding incredible flavor to your dishes is something you may have never considered: fennel pollen.
While fennel pollen may fool you into thinking your food will take the flavor of its licorice/citrus aroma, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The main benefit of fennel pollen is how it magically enhances the flavor of the food it is being used on, as opposed to overpowering the dish. Here’s a quick overview of fennel pollen and why it is considered “the spice that angels sprinkle from their wings:”
The basics. Fennel is an herb that comes from the Umbelliferae family, which includes things like carrots, celery, and parsley. It is highly aromatic and boasts a variety of culinary and medicinal uses. The people harvesting fennel pollen use its bulb to extract the spice. The fennel bulb has a high amount of Vitamin C needed for your immune system to function properly. The bulb is also rich is fiber, which helps reduce cholesterol levels.
High potency. Fennel pollen is the most potent form of fennel, and harvesting fennel pollen is far superior to simply using fennel seeds, which are much less potent than the pollen. Fennel pollen is essentially a powder form of fennel, which concentrates all the health benefits and flavor of fennel into one unique super-spice.
Maximum flavor. In Italy’s Tuscany region, fennel pollen is often used as a flavoring in pesto and bread. It can also be used in salads and on roasted meats and fish. The possibilities are truly endless. When you make a dish with fennel pollen, your dinner guests will be clamoring as to how you packed so much flavor into such a basic meal. You can simply smile and tell them you’re using your new “secret weapon.”
Farmers harvesting fennel pollen are in high demand as more and more people discover the amazing benefits of its culinary use. Try it out the next time you cook and see for yourself how incredible fennel pollen really is.