Fennel has a subtle, anise-like flavor with licorice and lemony undertones and is generally described as having a sweet aromatic flavor and aroma with a slight menthol undertone.
Fennel seeds are an important seasoning of the Mediterranean, Italy, China, and Scandinavia world. In India the seeds are chewed as a breath freshener and fennel is an essential ingredient in many curries. The Italians use it Italian sausage, pizza and tomato sauces. French vinagrettes, German breads and English soups all benefit from the well-flavored touch of fennel.