I’ve been collecting coriander seed for a couple of years now, although this year there are not many of them. I do, however, have another ‘plant’ on the go, so there could more to come…..
Fennel seeds, on the other hand, are more or less a new crop for me. I may have collected the seed when I got the fennel (herb) in what now seems like the dim and distance past. Let’s say about five years ago. But between then and now the fennel has fared poorly.
The difference I think is that the fennel prefers being in the ground rather than a pot. For that matter, so does coriander, so I hope to have more next year when I establish a herb garden, where the Wendy house currently stands.
Anyway, in contrast to the coriander, I have a rather large amount of fennel seeds. And I have decided to dry some chillies, rather than eat them all now. The fennel seeds can go in the airing cupboard but I am using the bread maker to dry the chillies.
I did the same with an onion to make onion salt: each time I made a batch of bread, I put the onion in the machine after taking the loaf out. It took at least a week to dry it sufficiently to grind up with the salt but it meant no extra equipment (ie a dehydrator) in my tiny kitchen. And it looks like the chillies will do just as well!