A homegrown plant with a licorice-like taste.
The fennel herb (also known as Foeniculum vulgare) is often referred to as an invasive weed, due to its reputation for growing in the wild in less-than-ideal conditions. Its versatility comes from the fact that most of the plant is edible. It has a white bulb, thick stalks, seeds, and leafy-green tops.
Health Benefits of Fennel:
Due to its well-rounded nutrient profile, fennel has a slew of health benefits. Fennel is a source of vitamin C, potassium, and folate. As a non-starchy vegetable, it’s also a great source of fiber. All of these nutrient components promote a healthy heart and optimal digestion.
Nutrient Breakdown of Fennel:
*Per 1 cup, bulb (1)
- Carbohydrates | 6.3 g
- Vitamin C |17 % DV
- Fiber | 11% DV
- Potassium | 10%
- Folate | 6% DV
How To Use:
Fennel can be used in a plethora of different ways. It can be added to homemade bread, salads, soups, stews, and desserts. When used as an herb, it can be a delicious addition to salad dressing, while its seeds are great to mix into granola or oatmeal.
Always be sure to check with your physician before deciding to add any natural home-remedies to your diet.