Fennel is an aromatic herb that originated in the Mediterranean region and has many culinary and medicinal uses. It can be a controversial vegetable because its licorice-like flavor is appealing to some and unappealing to others. It can take a while to come around to it, but it is all about finding the right way to prepare it, cook it and eat it. It is so nutritious that is so worthy to give it more than one try. The health benefits of fennel are many and include relief from anemia, indigestion, flatulence, constipation, colic, diarrhea, respiratory disorders, and menstrual disorders. It also aids in eye care. Fennel is widely used around the world in mouth fresheners, toothpaste, desserts, antacids, and in various great recipes.
Store dry fennel bulbs in a zipper bag in the refrigerator for up to a week or longer.
Fennel can be enjoyable for its satisfying crunch and its unique, sweet flavor. Thinly slice or shave the white bulb, and have it dressed as a salad or as a snack with dip. Depending on how you cut it, fennel can be roasted, braised, made into soup, baked in a gratin, or as a pizza topping. The fronds or leaves of fennel can be used as an herb or garnish.