Fennel is totally popular in the Mediterranean cuisine, especially in Italy.
But here in Germany it is somehow still a bit unloved because it is reminiscent of cough syrup or stomach tea. Not without reason, because due to the contained precious essential oils (anethole and fenchone) it is ideal to support your body when you have a cold, digestive problems etc.
But it’s also a delicious vegetable that tastes great with pasta, in salads or as a side dish or a great spice if you use the fennel seeds and it is definitely often underestimated.
Its taste is kind of sweet, bitter, dry, austere and a little like anise.
And its ingredients speak for themselves:
- a lot of vitamin C and A, iron, and phosphorus
- valuable minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium
- lots of fiber
- no cholesterol
- digestive and good against flatulence