Fennel seeds. Fennel seed or Common Foeniculum (Foeniculum vulgare), has been used since antiquity, in cooking and traditional medicine. Fennel seeds are collected around the end of summer (when they have already taken on a gray-green color) and then cleaned and dried.
Both the seeds and the roots, shoots and leaves of the plant have this characteristic aroma that is very similar to the aroma of anise.
Fennel contains vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C, many fiber, but also minerals (iron, potassium, sodium, manganese, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, zinc).
It is taken as an antipyretic but also against sweating. Breastfeeding mothers consume fennel seeds because it is believed to increase milk production. It is also known for its contribution to weight loss.