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06-Jan-2016 02:24 AM

Unless you are an aficionado of Mediterranean cuisine, or you are a chef who likes to try exotic new things, fennel is probably something you’ve never heard of, and that’s a shame. Flavored like anise, only not as strong, fennel is a completely edible plant – seeds, leaves and root – and not only does it taste good, it’s good for you, too. Fennel originated in the Mediterranean, but it has spread to coastal climates and riverbanks world-wide. Fennel has been part of Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries, as well as part of the cuisines. Here are some of thebenefits of fennel:

A Digestive Aid

Fennel is a known carminative; it relieves gas and bloating. It also relieves colic in infants. Fennel also relieves indigestion, and treats both constipation and diarrhea.

Asthma, Cough, and Colds

Fennel is an anti-spasmodic; it also relaxes and calms the bronchial passages. By expanding the bronchial tubes, fennel relieves asthma. As an anti-spasmodic, fennel helps calm coughing episodes. Fennel is an expectorant, and it loosens phlegm in the lungs, so coughs are productive at removing mucus.

Anti-inflammatory and Analgesic

Fennel is a natural anti-inflammatory agent, and may be used instead of allopathic NSAIDs such as ibuprofen to treat pain, without ibuprofen’s side effects upon the liver.

A Natural Antibiotic and Anti-Fungal

Fennel is a natural antibiotic, with no side effects. It is also an anti-fungal and is known to kill Candida Albicans. 

Eye Care

When made into an eye-wash, fennel reduces irritation and eyestrain.

In the Kitchen

Fennel has many more medicinal uses, and it has many benefits in cooking as well. Fennel has a mild licorice flavor, and is a component in dishes from eggs to dessert. The bulb may be braised or roasted and served as a side dish, or it may be sliced raw and added to salads. Fennel’s slight sweetness pairs well with bitter greens such as kale, making the greens more palatable to those who would not otherwise eat them. Fennel is a member of the carrot family, and pairs well with other root vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips or turnips, and adds a touch of sophistication to potato dishes. 

Fennel seeds can be used to flavor baked goods with a touch of anise. Fennel and anise are used to make the Greek spirit absinthe, and fennel in all of its forms figures prominently in Mediterranean cooking.

A Word of Caution

Too much of anything is not good, and this goes for fennel too. The essential oil extracted from fennel seeds is toxic in very small amounts, and ingesting too much of the edible plant can cause heart palpitations, irregular heartbeat, respiratory difficulties and neural problems. Used with discretion, fennel is beneficial. Overuse of fennel can create unnecessary health issues.

Fennel is one of nature’s best gifts; it is completely edible, enhancing cuisines with its mild, slightly sweet flavor, and it has numerous medicinal uses as well. Used wisely, fennel provides great dietary benefits while keeping us healthy. A great one-two combination, if ever there was one! 

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