Quick Notes:

What is Fennel?

Fennel, which has a delicate sweet aroma, is used as a spice (the seed), an herb (the leaves) and a vegetable (the bulb). It is also known as Florence Fennel or Finocchio, Roman Fennel, and Common Fennel. The seed is a primary ingredient in the classic French blends of Herbes de Provence.

Common Fennel produces the oval-shaped green-colored seeds. It does not have a bulb. Finocchio (Italian for Fennel) aka Florence Fennel has a bulb which is eaten as a vegetable.

As a spice, it has an affinity with Oregano, Parsley, Thyme, and Sage.

In the garden, Fennel attracts bees and butterflies.

Pictures of Fennel:

Fennel - bulb
Fennel Seeds - detail
Fennel Seeds
Fennel Seeds - ground

What is the Origin of Fennel?

It is indigenous to Southern Europe. Fennel is grown throughout the Mediterranean region, and the United States.

Fennel is Good for These Foods:

Fennel leaves and seeds are good for foods like: beef, breads, celery, cheese dishes (dips, fondues, souffl├ęs, spreads), chicken, eggs, fish, lamb, meatloaf, pasta, pork, rice, salmon, seafood, soups, stews, stuffing, tomatoes, turkey, veal, and vegetables (carrots, corn, cucumbers, peas, potatoes, onions, squash).

What Are the Health Benefits of Fennel?

It can help aid digestion. Fennel tea has been used for hundreds of years as an herbal remedy for relieving bloating and gas.

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