Fennel seed/ പെരുംജീരകം/ பெருஞ்சீரகம்/ सौंफ़ is a dried seed of the Fennel plant. Fennel is native to Southern Europe and grown extensively all over Europe, Middle-East, China, India, and Turkey.Fennel seed used extensively in Indian cooking like seed, powder forms.These seeds are very rich in minerals including magnesium and it has lots of health benefits and medicinal values. Fennel is used for various digestive problems including heartburn, intestinal gas, bloating, loss of appetite, and colic in infants. It is also used for upper respiratory tract infections, coughs, bronchitis, cholera, backache etc. It can be bought from most supermarkets and specialist herb or spice stores. you can store fennel seeds or its powder form for 4 to 6 months in an air tight container(room temperature). Try to include these kinds of spices in your daily meals and stay healthy.