Used by the Chinese for centuries to treat hernia, indigestion and abdominal pain. Adding fennel to tea or to a recipe that could cause digestive upset can prevent the digestive upset. Tea brewed from the fennel plant alleviates chronic coughs.
Fennel Herb History
Fennel herb is Used by the Chinese for centuries to treat hernia, indigestion and abdominal pain. Adding fennel to tea or to a recipe that could cause digestive upset can prevent the digestive upset. Tea brewed from the fennel plant alleviates chronic coughs. It can also act as a cough syrup and an expectorant to help clear mucus from the lungs. Grown as an annual in the north, but a Perennial in zones 5-11.
When growing fennel, choose a sunny location in the back of a well drained bed. The fine textured foliage can grow up to 6 feet (2 m.) tall and makes an excellent backdrop for other flower planting. It readily re-seeds and while not considered invasive, it has certainly earned its reputation for aggressive growing. Harvest and dry seeds as the flower heads fade. There’s only one restriction on how to grow fennel: don’t plant it near dill. Cross pollination results in strangely flavored seeds for both plants!
Fennel In The Garden
Preserving And Storing Fennel
Preheat the oven to 200°F. Take 2 to 3 bulbs of fennel with stalks and leaves attached and cut the stalks off flush with the bulbs reserve the bulbs for another use. Cut away the leaves and arrange the stalks in one layer on a baking sheet. Bake in the low oven for 3 hours. Turn off the heat and let stay in the oven overnight to finish drying. (Alternatively, you can tie the fennel stalks together and hang them upside down in a cool, dry place until brittle and dry, 1 to 2 weeks.) If not using immediately, store the stalks in a zip-lock plastic bag for up to 3 months.
Fennel is used by mouth for various digestive problems including heartburn, intestinal gas, bloating, loss of appetite, and colic in infants among others. Click Here To learn More.
Nutritional Facts About Fennel
Fennel and fennel seeds provide important nutrients, such as vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. All parts of the fennel plant are rich in powerful antioxidants like chlorogenic acid, limonene, and quercetin — all of which may benefit health. Fennel seeds may reduce appetite, yet current study results are conflicting. Thus, more research is needed.
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