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Hello everybody. Welcome. Edward here and I want to bring you my look at another wonderful herbal infusion that you can try. Today we are putting Fennel and anise seed tea under the microscope.
What Is Fennel And Anise Seed Tea? Anise Seed and Fennel Tea is an herbal infusion created by steeping both aniseed and fennel seeds in near-boiling water and allowing it to steep for a few minutes.
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So let us dig a little deeper into this herbal seed tea blend and find out what makes it tick…
Anise Seed And Fennel Tea: An Overlooked Tea Gem?
What Should Anise Seed And Fennel Tea Taste Like?
Anise and fennel tea isn’t the most complex herbal infusion in terms of its flavor. Both anise and fennel have a predominantly licorice flavor to them which gets Amplified when you mix the two together but still is balanced enough that you can taste the subtle differences between these two herbal infusions.
Licorice Is The Main Flavor
As mentioned, the predominant flavor of this herbal blend is licorice. It’s not nearly as pungent as a licorice root tea would be but it’s a nice amount of licorice flavor without being overwhelming which is sometimes the case with true licorice root tea.
It goes without saying that if you do not like licorice then you will want to pass on this herbal tea.
With A Slightly Sweet Finish
Just like its licorice root tea cousin, this herbal blend does have a slight bit of sweetness to it. It’s important not to confuse a little natural Sweetness in your tea with a sugary sweetness.
The sweetness of anise and fennel tea is nowhere near the levels of sugar that you would experience if you add honey or sugar to your cup of tea.
What the sweetness does is help bring a nice smooth texture to the tea and cut out any lingering bitterness that might occur.
Anise Seed And Fennel Tea Is Very Smooth
If you are looking for a smooth herbal infusion than this might just be the one for you. Aniseed is pretty smooth on its known as is fennel seed and when you mix them together they create an incredibly drinkable herbal infusion that is great for experience tea Drinkers and new tea drinkers alike.
I think just about the only thing that would make this infusion a little bit smoother would be to add some vanilla bean into the mix. But that’s a whole other herbal tea blend.
With Almost No Bitterness
Dovetailing off of the incredibly smooth flavor that I talked about in the previous paragraph, the bitterness is kept to an absolute minimum with this herbal infusion.
As someone who drinks a lot of tea I’m somewhat used to a little bit of bitterness and just about every tea that I drink and there may be a little bit in this herbal blend but it is so minuscule that I don’t think even inexperienced tea drinkers will take much notice of it.
The Aroma Of Anise Seed And Fennel Tea
I feel like the aroma of the fennel and anise tea is pretty subdued. There is a slight licorice aroma to it but it’s really not that over-the-top and really not as pungent as many other herbal infusions.
How To Make Anise Seed And Fennel Tea
The easiest way to make a cup of aniseed and fennel tea is to simply use tea bags for each ingredient.
If you decide to use tea bags then I would recommend making a little bit more tea than just a single cup.
You can certainly make a single cup with two tea bags, one of each, but I think the flavor would be a little bit too strong for that amount of water so always add more water for each tea bag that you add to any tea blend.
All means is that you have a little bit of extra tea to share or drink yourself.
For some tea Blends, you’re not going to be able to find tea bags but fortunately, there are fennel seed tea bags and anise seed tea bags readily available for you to use in this herbal tea blend.
The Loose Leaf Option
Another option for making a cup of Anise seed and fennel tea is to use the loose ingredients and measured amount for a single cup of tea.
- 1 teaspoon of anise seed
- 1 teaspoon of fennel seed
- Water temperature should be around 205°F/96°C
- Use 8 to 10 oz of water and steep covered for 5-10 minutes or to taste
I usually use an infuser for a single cup since the seeds can be a pain to strain out unless you have a teapot strainer. If you want a great teapot with a built-in infuser, try the Hiware Glass Teapot with Removable Infuser(*affiliate link) Available on Amazon.
Anise Seed And Fennel Tea Related Questions
Here are a few fun facts and questions about the star of our show: anise and fennel seed tea.
Does Anise Seed And Fennel Tea Have Caffeine?
Anise seed tea is caffeine-free, as is fennel seed tea. When you mix them together they remain caffeine-free which makes it a great option to drink before bed without having to worry about interrupting your normal sleep rhythms.
Just keep in mind that if you introduce any regular tea like a black tea or a green tea to the equation then it will bring in a certain amount of caffeine into the max.
How much caffeine really depends on the type of green tea, white tea or black tea that you choose to blend in with this herbal infusion.
Is Anise Seed And Fennel Tea Ok For Fasting?
Anise seed and fennel seed tea Is a great option for anyone who practices intermittent fasting. The main criteria for fasting are that you don’t intake any calories at all during your fasting window.
Most of the time you’re going to want to drink water during your fasting window but adding in a cup of tea is going to give you all the benefits that that tea infuses and a little bit of flavor to your beverage during those fasting times.
Anise seed and fennel tea Can certainly fill in admirably as the tea of choice for anyone choosing to live a fasting lifestyle.
Does Anise Seed And Fennel Tea Have Calories Or Carbohydrates?
Neither fennel seed tea or anise seed tea have a measurable amount of calories or carbohydrates, making this herbal blend a great option for a wide variety of dietary needs.
Is Anise Seed And Fennel Tea Good For Keto?
Because the anise and fennel seed tea is carbohydrate-free it makes it a wonderful option for anyone who is practicing at keto diet.
Keto diet require you to maintain an incredibly low carbohydrate intake so you want to drink water most of the time but adding in a nice flavorful cup of anise seed and fennel seed tea should not drag you out of ketosis.
Can you use spice rack fennel seeds for this Tea?
I suppose you could. Technically you could use spice rack herbs for any tea. In fact, I have tried fennel seed tea from a spice bottle and it tasted fine.
I think the age of the spices would probably make a difference so I will stick to buying tea ingredients for my herbal infusions, but give it a try and see if it works for you.
The Fennel And Anise Seed Tea Finish
That just about wraps up our look at fennel and anise seed tea. The flavor profiles for each of these individual herbal infusions are pretty similar although I think there’s enough difference that blending them makes a lot of sense especially when you can get the benefits of both of these wonderful herbal infusions all in one cup of tea.
Just remember that when you’re making this blend it is aniseed and not star anise. They both have a similar flavor profile and you can certainly blend star anise with either of these two ingredients and come out with a pretty great herbal blend on its own.
But that’s another herbal infusion altogether, so double-check to make sure that you’re getting aniseed so that you can make this wonderful herbal infusion for yourself.
Remember to keep experimenting with these wonderful herbal infusions adding as many or as few ingredients as you can think of and try to balance it out so that you get a little bit of each individual ingredients flavor into the overall herbal blend.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.