Cracked Fennel

Cracked Fennel
Cracked Fennel
Cracked Fennel Cracked Fennel
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Net Weight:
2.8 oz
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Native to the Mediterranean, fennel eventually spread north into Europe and also to the Far East. There are two types of fennel - bitter fennel and sweet fennel. In this country bitter fennel is more common and is grown in Argentina, central Europe, Germany, Hungary, Egypt, India and Russia.

Our cracked fennel is perfect for those that want a bit more intense flavor. Ground fennel is better for a rounder, smoother flavor.


More About the Family of Fennel

A member of the Apiaceae family (parsley family), bitter fennel's scientific name is Foeniculum vulgare Mill. Fennel Seeds are ridged and oval in shape and the color is pale or bright green to brownish yellow in color. Fennel Seeds are similar in appearance to their family member caraway seed (although not as curved as caraway seed). Our Indian fennel is straighter and smaller than European fennel.

Fennel seeds (these are also known as the fruit) are considered a spice, while the edible leaves, roots and stalks of the plant are considered an herb. The bulb-like vegetable known as fennel, Florence fennel or Italian fennel, while comparable in flavor and being related to herb fennel, is not the same plant.

How it's Used

In the European and Mediterranean regions this popular spice is often referred to as "the fish herb". The French use fennel seed in fish soups, vinagrettes and in some versions of their popular Herbs de Provence blend. The Italians add them to meatballs, pasta sauces, pepperoni, pizza, salami, sambuca and sausages. The Spanish use them in baked goods while the Arabs add them to breads and salads.

In Asia fennel seeds are used to season cabbages, fish sauces, roasted lamb, mutton and pork curries as well as in sweet and sour dishes. In India fennel seeds are toasted in oil to release their full flavor and are then either ground or used whole in breads, curries, lentils, spice blends, soups and vegetables. In Kashmir ground fennel is found in egg and fish egg curries and in Sri Lanka ground fennel is a key ingredient in many hot curries and stews.


Flavor Profile

Fennel seeds have a sweet anise flavor and are less pungent than dill but more astringent than anise. When toasted the seed becomes less sweet and a bit spicy.

Fennel will quickly lose its flavor once ground so we grind both our ground fennel and our cracked fennel weekly in small batches for optimum flavor. We recommend adding fennel at the end of the cooking process for the best flavor.


When and Where to Use

Fennel goes well with beets, lentils, potatoes, in sauerkraut, stews, meat and chicken dishes, sauces, herb butters, dips and dressings, salads, omelets, apple pie, cakes, pastries, puddings, and spiced fruit.

Fennel works well in combination with cinnamon, cumin, fenugreek and Sichuan Peppercorns.


Helpful Hints

Whole fennel seeds are used in Bengali Five Spice while ground fennel is also the key ingredient in Chinese Five Spice and cracked fennel is used in our Adobo Lime Rub, Breakfast Sausage blend and Pizza Seasoning.

In addition to our Cracked Fennel we also carry a whole Fennel Seed and a Ground Fennel.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g1%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate1.3g0%

Dietary Fiber1.0g4%

Total Sugars0.0g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4.7 out of 5
9 total ratings.

Pamela M. (Verified buyer) 04/16/2022
Awesome fennel smell. This cracked fennel is so flavorful and is so fresh smelling.

jeffrey s. (Verified buyer) 03/10/2022
i also purchased smoked paprika, i also purchased smoked paprika, and i find all my purchases of your products to be bright, fresh, and excellent taste. thank you for your attention to detail! jeffrey schneekloth

Debbie C. (Verified buyer) 02/23/2021
Great company with great products. I have been very pleased with my Spice, Inc. purchases. Their spices are excellent, their prices fair, and their service exemplary. They have even sent a bonus sample with my orders. Any company that follows this Baker's Dozen philosophy, carries quality product, and has timely shipping is one I can confidently recommend.

Beverly H. (Verified buyer) 05/09/2020
Tasty Hello. I've been looking for the cracked fennel in grocery stores with no luck, but when I located them from this site, I was so happy. The delivery was fast and I've using on a lot of delicious dishes. Thank you

Susan T. (Verified buyer) 04/15/2020
Great spice, flavorful and wonderful Great spice, flavorful and wonderful with Italian sausage, green peppers and o ions.

Linda H. (Verified buyer) 03/10/2018
Very pleased. Excellent flavor

Samantha (Verified buyer) 12/06/2016
Cracked Fennel Make sure that you have an airtight container to store it in, and I wouldn't recommend buying more delicate herbs in the same shipment because it makes everything smell like can even smell it before you open the box!

Roy L. (Verified buyer) 04/14/2019
cracked fennel Since I love fennel it was fine. But to make a play on words it was too "fine". I wish it was a little cruder.

Michael B. (Verified buyer) 02/25/2020
I have not tried it I have not tried it for taste yet, it's more like ground fennel than it is cracked fennel, I may of received the end of the run, not sure, not to happy if the taste is not there, I make alot of sausage Mike