Fennel – What is it and how to use it?
Fennel can be used as an herb, seed, and vegetable depending on what part of the plant you use. It is similar in taste to anise and is closely related to parsley, carrots, dill and coriander. Florence fennel is the form most people are familiar with. It has inflated leaves and a bulb. The bulbs are eaten as a vegetable, both raw and cooked. It is cut in half vertically before cooking and is crunchy with a slightly sweet taste. It’s available mainly from Autumn through Spring.
Fennel is high in vitamin C and also contains phyto-nutrients including the flavonoids; rutin, quercitin and kaempferol glycosides. These are great antioxidants. Fennel is also high in fiber and a good source of folate and potassium. These qualities make it good to use while on the Liquid Amino Diet. You can either eat it as a vegetable by preparing Roasted Fennel or use it in any one of these recipes: