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Everything You Need To Know About Fennel

You won’t believe the diverse nutrition available through fennel and its different components. From the bulb to the seeds and its filigree spindles at the top of the plant. There are countless benefits to this plant and we discuss all the nutrition and history together with some incredible ways to cook with this great plant.

We talk all things fennel and take you on an explorative journey to help you learn more about these supposed weeds through the podcast.

 

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Did you know that in the ancient Greek language fennel is called “marathón.” The fennel field, in Marathon, was the location wherein 409 BC the Greeks defeated the Persians. 

Fennel has a rich history in mythology and early civilisation. Stories abound throughout history of it’s medicinal and healing powers. It is also held in high regard to warding off evil spirits. We also venture deep into fennel’s nutritional profile for both seeds and the bulb and discuss the many ways this plant helps to boost different areas of the body.

In this episode, you’ll learn more about fennel and become an overnight expert, with the ability to grow your own and incorporate this wonderful plant, together with it’s seeds your daily life. Allowing you to reap the benefits of these historic plants.

 

Fresh raw organic florence fennel bulbs or fennel bulb on gray stone background. Top view

 


Key Takeaways

History

  • The physicians  Hippocrates and Dioscorides highly recommended Fennel to combat bladder and kidney ailments, for nausea and heartburn, and many more ailments.
  • According to some traditions, Roman gladiators mixed fennel with their food in order to be successful in the arena.

Nutrition & Medicinal

  • Rich in Manganese, which appears in both the bulb and the seed. Most notably the seed. Manganese is a trace mineral, which your body needs in small amounts. It’s required for the normal functioning of your brain, nervous system and many of your body’s enzyme systems.
  • The selenium found in fennel appears to stimulate the production of killer T-cells. This suggests that it can improve the immune response to infection.

Cooking

  • Braised fennel is a great way to blend flavours. Brown and then gently simmer wedges of fennel in an aromatic wine or verjuice to release it’s properties.
  • Used in a traditional Middle Eastern dish of shakshuka the feel adds depth of flavour.

Growing

  • Fennel is suitable for all climates, can grow in the garden or a pot (choose a pot wisely, bulbs can take some space). Planting from seed is generally the best option.

 


Recipes

A few of the recipes we spoke about in the podcast.


Full Transcript of Podcast about Fennel

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References:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/284096#diet
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/fennel-and-fennel-seed-benefits#4
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=23
https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/3023/2
https://publicism.info/gardening/curious/13.html
https://theherbalacademy.com/herbal-myths-lore-and-legends/
https://www.rjwhelan.co.nz/herbs%20A-Z/fennel.html
https://nutritionalgeography.faculty.ucdavis.edu/fennel/
https://pflanzenkunst.wordpress.com/plant-profiles/fennel/

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