Everyone asks! What is SauFennel & how is it pronounced?

In many languages on the Indian Subcontinent, the word 'saunf' (pronounced soo-unf) means fennel seeds. In some areas, it is known as mukhwas.  SauFennel was inspired by saunf - therefore we pronounce it So-Fennel. 

If you’ve ever eaten Indian food at a restaurant, you might remember a bowl of uncovered candied fennel seeds by the door on your way out. You might feel cautious after the pandemic to sink your hands into that communal bowl of colorful sweets. SauFennel brings you digestives inspired by this ritual, without the germs! You can prepare your own, but who has time for that? We do! 

What is a digestive?

Food (or medicine) that feels good in the system. SauFennel does just that! When you eat one of our mixes the benefits are unlimited. Otherwise known as cleansing for the palette, eating our mix can help stave off hunger in between meals and promote good digestion after overeating a heavy meal of rich foods.

To learn about the health benefits of SauFennel's main ingredient, fennel seed, Click here.

What’s in it?

Pretty much just seeds and nuts. For a small treat filled with small ingredients, SauFennel packs a lot of punch!  It’s naturally low-carb and low-sugar but also high in fiber, protein, and phytonutrients. Its flavor profile is bold, toasty, nutty, and satisfyingly sweet with every crunchy bite.

Can I eat raw fennel seeds?

Yes! They can be eaten both cooked and raw.

Where do fennel seeds come from?

We've found the best fennel farm in India. Fennel is a hearty crop, even in some of the coldest northern climates. Fennel is also one of those marvelous plants that provide us with an edible part at every stage of growth, from the bulb to the fronds to the seed.

How do you take them?

The beauty of a SauFennel mix is its versatility.  We eat it as is, swirl it into yogurt, turn it into a healthful smoothie, use it as a sprinkled topping on a salad, mix it into a dough, and more. Preparing a spice mix or rub to add to your cooked dishes is nice in theory, but so is taking a break from doing so. Thankfully, you won’t need to prep at all with SauFennel.

We combine seeds and nuts for a well-rounded flavor palette that compliments the flavors of your dishes.  Be like that host you know who goes above and beyond with their snack board by adding the unexpected to your next charcuterie spread. Our SauFennel mixes, cookies, and chocolate bars will provide a nice counterpart to fattier meats and cheeses. SauFennel is great for DIY gourmet gift baskets, too!

Where is it made?

Our fennel seeds are sourced from India. Everything else is sourced from right here in the USA. We make all our SauFennel products in PA, in small batches, because freshness is key when eating seeds and nuts!

How do we sweeten our mixes?

Some of the mixes contain a small number of vegan rainbow sprinkles.  Our "Rock Your World" mix is our sweetest and still contains no artificial sweeteners – only pure rock candy!  Check out our sugar-free mix for a delicious dietary alternative.

Why does it taste SO good?

Every product is independently obsessed over by us, the founders. We did the hard work for you, tested, tasted, loved ourselves, and kept only our favorite treats. There’s something for everyone in your family to indulge in.

We give the whole seeds and nuts a light toasting – to enhance the natural flavors. Besides that, we make sure deliveries are fresh. TIP! Pulverizing your spices right before you cook with them is another one of the easiest ways to improve the flavor of any and every dish you make. However, pulverizing them will decrease the potency of their nutritional value.

What’s the shelf life?

PSA: Spices do go bad. Technically, most should be used or replaced six months after you open them. You'll know SauFennel is fresh when the fennel seed is greenish-brown in color.  SauFennel is made in small batches and packaged in sealed bags or airtight glass jars to preserve freshness. 

SauFennel is best eaten within 2-3 months…though there’s a chance you will eat it all before then!  SauFennel Decorative Countertop Tins are available for purchase in our shop. It keeps your favorite mix fresher for longer.

How do Fennel seeds help digestion?

Chewing helps the stomach metabolize (process) food by breaking the larger food particles into smaller fragments. Chewing also increases saliva production so that it can be swallowed without aggravating the esophagus. The fiber in SauFennel's fennel seeds and other natural ingredients helps to regulate bowel movements. 

Nursing mothers have reported that they love how SauFennel helps improve milk flow, too!  Have bad breath? SauFennel helps to freshen breath and has been used traditionally for centuries as a breath freshener (or Mukhwas). SauFennel is also packed with vitamins like Vitamin C, and SO much more.

Are Fennel seeds safe?

South Asians have been consuming fennel seeds as a natural remedy for digestion for centuries, and have way less colon cancer! Unlike many OTCs, you will not experience side effects or toxicity from fennel seeds.

Generally, the vast majority of herbal remedies are recognized as safe, and individual hypersensitivity is usually considered the most common but controllable risk. Herbs/spices can offer you a wide range of safe and effective therapeutic agents that you can use as an integral part of your own healthcare program. Therefore, fennel seeds can contribute to disease prevention, symptomatic relief of minor ailments, and maximizing your health potential.

It is important to understand that while fennel is safe in moderation, there are concerns with concentrated doses. If you are pregnant, taking birth control, diabetic, taking cancer medication, or certain antibiotics such as Cipro, or have IBS, you should consult with your doctor or pharmacist.

Disclaimer: This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.