Saunf of Fennel seeds are the fried seeds of the Fennel plant. Botanical name-Foeniculum vulgare. It is a native of Europe and Asia Minor. It is cultivated extensively in Northern India as a cold weather crop.
They are roughly 4-8mm length and look like a grooved of grain of rice. Saunf comes in colors ranging from bright green to pale green. Saunf taste sweeter and slightly less pungent and intense than licorice.
In India most of the households, it is a common practice to have fennel seeds after every meal in order to freshen the mouth. It is also used for flavouring soups, meat dishes, pastries confectionaries and liquors.