Desert Fennel
Desert Fennel - Burlap & Barrel Single Origin Spices
Desert Fennel
Desert Fennel

Desert Fennel

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*Now in a glass jar with a refillable grinder*

Our desert fennel comes from an organic farm in central Egypt, where fennel has been cultivated for millennia. It's grown in an oasis in the desert, irrigated with water from the Nile, and in the spring the air is sweet with the licorice smell of fennel flowers. You'll taste a slight saltiness - that's the flavor of the sandy desert soil - followed by a sharp vegetal sweetness at the finish.

  • Origin: Fayoum, Egypt
  • Process: Sun dried on the stalk
  • Ingredients: 100% organically-grown fennel seeds (Foeniculum vulgare)
  • Tasting notes: Licorice • Mineral Salt • Desert Grass



The fennel is grown by smallholder farmers in central Egypt, in an oasis west of the Nile where ancient canal systems divert the Nile's waters to irrigate the fields. The plants flower in the spring, with bunches of tiny yellow flowers with a beautiful licorice fragrance. The seeds are harvested by hand in early summer, and farmers use a special curved knife to cut the 6-8 foot tall fennel plants down, and the seeds are pulled off by hand.

Meet the Farmer: Partner farmer Ali is pictured showing off his newest crop. The breeze smells like licorice as we walked through the fields.

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Margaret S.
United States United States

Great flavor,love it

Melissa P.
United States United States

Amazing!! Plus, the grinder makes it easy to use.

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Fennel fresh

There is a balance in this fennel that make me trust it, not overdone. I would say that about the garlic as well, although It’s not ground by my hand. Smooth and graceful. I’ve never for gone garlic in the powder form, but b&b garlic intrigues.

Christina P.
United States United States

I’m a fan of all the spices Burlap and Barrel has to offer. I made Fennel Parmesan shortbreads were a perfect afternoon snack.

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Jennifer R.

The Roal Cinnamon is great as is the Fennel!