Fennel Seed Wine (Xiao Hui Xiang 小茴香)

Fennel is widely known for its all-purpose healing properties. In western medicine Fennel is prescribed for its

  • High vitamin C contentDried Fennel Seed
  • High flavonoid content
  • Anti-microbial properties

In traditional Asian medicine, Fennel is used to

  • Disperse cold
  • Warm the liver and kidneys
  • Relieve pain
  • Encourage movement in the liver channel or lower burner
  • Relieve any kind of lower abdominal pain due to cold.

You can drink this beverage at any temperature, and it is especially good as a winter wine tonic.

Ingredients for Fennel Seed Wine:

 4 ounces of Fennel seeds

1  bottle of rice wine  (375 ml or 12 oz)

Cooking Instructions:

Clean a glass jar large enough to store the wine, and set aside.

Dry fry (fry without oil) the Fennel seeds over medium hear for 3 minutes.  The seeds should turn slightly brown, but should not be burnt. Set aside to cool

While the seeds are cooling, boil water in pot large enough to hold the wine jar.

Pour the rice wine into the jar and add cooled fennel seeds. Seal the jar and submerge in boiling water.

Reduce heat so that the water is bubbling, but not quite boiling.

Heat for 1 -2 hours. Heat longer for stronger Fennel flavor.

Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Strain fennel seeds and store wine in a clean glass bottle or jar.


  1. I made this fennel wine and really enjoyed the flavor.

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  3. This sounds really great to have during the colder seasons! Also doesn’t seem too hard to make.

    Comment by Katie Keville — August 8, 2014 @ 8:24 am

  4. This sounds wonderful and I’m sure you could add other tasty or medicinal herbs to it. Sounds like a. Great digestive aid to bring to a friends dinner party

    Comment by Kelsey Rumfello — August 13, 2014 @ 8:56 am

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