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Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Fennel, Fennel Seeds, Spices | 3 comments

The Spice Series: Fennel Seeds

The Spice Series: Fennel Seeds

This is a continuation of my Spice Series. Welcome to my information on Fennel Seeds!   **Fennel is one of those amazing plants that crosses categories: it is a vegetable, an herb, AND a spice! The bulb and stalks are a vegetable, the fronds and flowers are an herb, and if you leave the flowers on, it will produce aromatic seeds that are a spice. **All three parts of fennel taste a bit like licorice, which means that fennel is not a very popular plant. However, fennel is FULL of medicinal benefits, and I encourage you all to try it as a vegetable, an herb, and most importantly, as a spice. **This post is only about fennel seeds as a spice, since it is part of my Spice Series. Please click here for my post about fennel as an herb and for information on how to grow it.   Medicinal Benefits: **Fennel seeds are full of volatile oils and chemical compounds that are beneficial for us. They are also...

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Anise, Fennel, Indigestion, Medicinal Recipe |

Medicinal Recipe: Anise or Fennel Seed Infused Tea or Tincture

To relieve that fullness feeling and bloating from indigestion, Anise and Fennel helps relieve the pain and discomfort as well as flatulence. Dosage: 1) Grind up 1 teaspoon of ripe anise or fennel seeds to release the essential oil. 2) Infuse them in boiling water and let it steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain. 3) Drink up to 3 cups per day. The seeds can also be tinctured using two ounces of seed per on-half quart of brandy and some lemon peel. Let the mixture sit for twenty days. The dose is one teaspoon as needed....

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Posted by on Jul 26, 2011 in Companion Planting, Fennel, Herbs |

Fennel

Fennel

Name: *Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) Description: *There are both annual and perennial types *Can reach 5 feet tall *Aniseed-type taste Parts Used: *Leaves, flowers, seeds, stems, roots (all parts edible) Position: *light, well-drained, slightly alkaline soil *sunny position *tolerates cold *avoid clay soil Propagation: *All varieties work best if sown directly in the soil in the spring *Division of mature plants can also occur in the spring *Can start indoors in pots/trays if interested Maintenance: *Cut down and remove old stems *Do not grow near dill or coriander/cilantro because it easily cross pollinates with them and reduces seed production *Pick flowering heads in the summer to maintain the leaf production (esp. if you are not using the flowers) Harvesting: *Harvest foliage and flowers as required *Harvest seeds when ripe, then dry and freeze for a few days to kill any insects *Lift roots in the fall and dry them *Freeze leaves if using later Medicinal: *Dried ripe fruits/seeds have a calming effect on the digestive system, relieves flatulence, bloating, stomach...

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