Fennel seeds have a light green colour, a mild anise flavour and are seen in a myriad of Mediterranean and Asian dishes. They harmonise well with other spices and herbs, and are especially suitable for salads, light meat (chicken and pork) dishes and fish curries. The sweet and fresh liquorice /anise-like taste also yields well with pickled fruit.
Fennel works wonders with ripe citrus fruits and has a multitude of use in dressings, salads and sauces. The spice plays a significant role in the Chinese five-spice blend along with star anise, Szechuan pepper, cassia cinnamon and clove.