Lucknow Fennel

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

So what is Lucknow Fennel?

Lucknow fennel is a special type of fennel seed. Small, crunchier, stronger and much sweeter with a very grassy taste. You may have had it with it was covered in a bright candy coating and offered in a small bowl at Indian restaurants.

The fennel is primarily grown in Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state of India. Often they are eaten plain as a breath freshener or a digestive, but can be used in lighter foods where it's distinctive qualities won't be lost.

Flavoring simple pastries, yogurts, pavlovas, young cheeses, or salads is a common practice when using Lucknow fennel, where as spicy or aromatic dishes often use regular fennel seed. Personally, I want to grind it with some sugar and make some sugar cookies with them.

Lucknow can be ordered online or found in specialty spice shops.


  1. *looking forward to lucknow fennel seed sugar cookie* :)

  2. We use the candied version at work for a Kulfi dish. I love the colors of the candies, and now it is good to know where they originate from. Thanks for that.

  3. I have just gotten some from an Asian store in London. It's sweeter than normal Asian fennel, which I now grind with coarse salt and use on and in everything! It's delicious!


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