Everything you need to know about Fennel

Lets face it: Fennel is hardly the most popular vegetable, especially amongst children! But hopefully this article will tempt you to try it. After all, its extremely beneficial to both the young and the old.

Fennel is a Mediterranean vegetable that tastes of anise. The bulb is eaten while its stems and seeds are often used as herbs and condiments.

In general, it accompanies seafood very well.

When is fennel in season?

From June to December

How to choose your fennel in the supermarket?

By looking closely at the bulb; it should be clean, firm and white.


Although it will keep for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator, it’s best consumed quickly as it rapidly loses its taste.

With what should it be paired?

Its aniseed taste means it goes well with braised cooking (beef, mutton …), roasts, purees …

Recipe ideas:

  • Potato and Fennel Puree
  • Risotto with Fennel
  • Filet of Fish with Fennel
  • Flageolets with Fennel
  • Soup with Leeks, Potatoes and Fennel

What does Fennel contain?

The bulb has diuretic properties, and positive effects on people with gout and cardiovascular disease. It is also rich in minerals, carotenes, vitamins and fibres.

Fennel leaves contain antioxidants that should always be incorporated into our diet.

Fennel also contains polyacetylenes which contain anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. The fruit of fennel is registered in the French pharmacopoeia: its seeds and its essential oils are used in herbal medicine.

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