The flavor of fennel is slightly sweet and has a definite licorice-like taste.
Fennel is used in almost every culture; Italians use it on pork roast and in sauces, the French on fish, the Germans in sauerkraut, the Greeks in breads, the Chinese on poultry and people of India not only chew fennel as a breath freshener, but use it as an important ingredient in many curries. You can use it in sausage making, soups, cakes and cookies.
Sprinkle on homemade rolls, baguettes or bread sticks. Crush coarsely and season a pork roast or chicken with fennel and hot pepper flakes.