Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Fennel Showcased by International Herb Association

Fennel Showcased by International Herb Association

May 8 thru May 14 has been dedicated National Herb Week by the International Herb Association and Fennel will be honored as it's showcase herb.

Typically an herb of the culinary scene, fennel has been referenced back to the ancient Greeks. Known to them as "marathrron" meaning "to grow thin", fennel had the reputation of an appetite suppressant.

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WHAT IT IS Fennel (Foeniculum vulgate) is an aromatic herb that tastes bulbs faintly like licorice. Cooks use fennel and stalks like celery.

WHAT FOLK MEDICINE SAYS This herb ha an age-old reputation in Europe as a colic easer, stomach soother, and breast-milk booster.

WHAT'S BEEN PROVEN Fennel is a safe, well-studied remedy. Clinical trials have shown it effective for relieving symptoms of indigestion, including pain, nausea, belching, and heartburn. It's also been proven to ease colitis that causes either diarrhea or constipation.

Cultivation of Finnochio Fennel

Finnochio or Florence fennel (Foeniculum vulgare Mill. subsp. vulgare var. azoricum (Mill.) Thell.), a type of fennel that develops a bulb (a thickened base of leaves), is now being marketed as 'anise' in supermarkets throughout the United States. While many cultivars of fennel are grown for the aromatic seed and foliage, finnochio fennel is produced for the enlarged bulb.

Humble Fennel

The article discusses the medicinal, nutritional and culinary uses of fennel. Fennel was called Marathon in ancient Greece. It was combined with Saint John's Wort to ward off witches and evil spi...


The article reports on the study on the therapeutic characteristics of fennel seed conducted by researchers at the University di Parma in Italy. In a study of 24 essential oils, it was found that...

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