Often placed near the exit of an Indian restaurant is a tray of small colored candy - coated fennel seeds. They have a sweet, almost licorice like taste. Chewing fennel seeds after meals is common in India. In Ayurveda, fennel's useful to decrease all 3 doshas: Vata, Pitta & Kapha. It has a sweet, slightly astringent & bitter taste or rasa. It's cooling & its after-taste or vipak is sweet.