Fennel is a biennial aromatic plant belongs to family Apiaceae. The ripe fruit (seed) is commercial part having agreeable aroma. In Hindi it is known as Saunf or Sonp. Dried seeds have fragrant odour and pleasant aromatic taste and therefore used as a masticatory. They are also used for flavouring soups, meat dishes, sauces, pastries, confectionaries and liquors.
|Fresh fennel bulb||Dried fennel seeds|
|Calories||3 grams||2 grams|
|Vitamin C||12% of the RDI||1% of the RDI|
|Calcium||3% of the RDI||5% of the RDI0|
|Iron||4% of the RDI||6% of the RDI|
|Magnesium||4% of the RDI||5% of the RDI|
|Potassium||8% of the RDI||2% of the RDI|
|Manganese||7% of the RDI||17% of the RDI|
As you can see, both fennel and fennel seeds are low in calories but provide many important nutrients.
Fresh fennel bulb is a good source of vitamin C, a water-soluble vitamin critical for immune health, tissue repair, and collagen synthesis
Vitamin C also acts as a potent antioxidant in your body, protecting against cellular damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals
Both the bulb and seeds contain the mineral manganese, which is important for enzyme activation, metabolism, cellular protection, bone development, blood sugar regulation, and wound healing
Aside from manganese, fennel and its seeds contain other minerals vital to bone health, including potassium, magnesium, and calcium