info: Fennel is a green herb with a sweet flavor, somewhat similar to licorice. A good source of vitamin C.
storage: Store in the crisper drawer in your refrigerator – it will keep for 1-2 days. Best flavor if eaten soon.
preparation: Wash well in cold water.
You can use all parts of the plant: bulb, stalk & leaves. It is usually used as a seasoning – add it to soups, stews, and stir-frys.
In Ancient Greek, fennel was called marathon (μάραθον), and is attested in Linear B tablets as ma-ra-tu-wo. John Chadwick notes that this word is the origin of the place name Marathon (meaning “place of fennel”), site of the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC; however, Chadwick wryly notes that he has “not seen any fennel growing there now”. In Greek mythology, Prometheus used the stalk of a fennel plant to steal fire from the gods. Also, it was from the giant fennel,Ferula communis, that the Bacchanalian wands of the god Dionysus and his followers were said to have come. …read more