Fennel yields both a herb and a spice. It is used especially as a court bouillon for poaching fish and seafood. Flavors breads, cakes and confectionery. An ingredient of Chinese Five Spices and of some curry powders. Several liqueurs are flavored with fennel, including fennouillette, akvavit, gin and absinthe.
MEDICINAL: Used as a wash for eyestrain and irritations.