Raised Bed Gardening Blog

Fennel

Created on Sunday, 23 March 2014 10:20

Fennel. Part of the Umbellifereae family, and related to parsley, carrots, and dill, with a taste similar to anise or licorice.  The bulb, stalks, and green leaves are all edible, as are the seeds that come from the yellow flowers it produces. The health benefits of fennel come from quercetin and rutin, which are both potent antioxidants. It has been used orally for women's health concerns, to address backache, low libido, loss of appetite, infantile colic, and flatulence and other gastrointestinal issues. Topically it has been used to treat snakebites!  It is an excellent source of vitamin C, and a great way to support a healthy immune system. Its also a good source of fiber and potassium. Chewing 1/2 teaspoon of fennel seeds after a meal prevents or relieves gas or bloating. Culinary uses are unlimited due to its crunchy texture and subtle sweetness. Much more on fennel can be found in Deborah Madison's beautiful new book, Vegetable Literacy!