Fennel is a popular culinary and medicinal herb. It is often used to support digestive function.
But did you know…
- The fresh stems of fennel can be eaten like celery, and both the bulb and the seeds have a mild, licorice-like flavor. This flavor profile is due to the compound anethole, found in fennel and other plants, such as anise, it is a monoterpene that is 13 times sweeter than table sugar.
- Fennel leaf, bulb, seeds (the fruit), stalk, and even the pollen are edible and medicinal. The pollen is a very powerful spice with a licorice and citrus flavor. It is not the same as fennel powder made by grounding the seeds.
- Fennel seeds help regulate fluid retention in the body. They flush out excess water helping to remove toxins from the body and reducing the risk of catching a urinary tract infection.
- Fennel helps promote lactation.
Find out more about Fennel (Xiao Hui Xiang), a culinary and medicinal herb.