Fennel yields both a herb and a spice, it is used especially as a court bouillon for poaching fish and seafood. Flavours breads, cakes and confectionery. An ingredient in Chinese Five Spice and some curry powders. Several liquors are flavoured with fennel, including fennouillette, akvavit, gin and absinthe.
MEDICINAL: Good remedy for gas and indigestion. Used as a wash for eyestrain and irritations.