Fennel has been going into all my cooking this winter. I just love it!
Fennel in salads, in soups, in stir fries, caseroles, roasted, steamed, we just love fennel. I even eat the flowers in my salads. Make tea from the seeds and just indulge in the delicousness of fresh raw, crispy fennel dipped in a homemade avocado dip… yummm
My favorite recipe to share with you at the moment is a marinated fennel salad to serve with fresh roasted Salmon, or some other protein you want to eat.
Take 1 large fennel bulb and slice finely. Cut up 1 red onion, a handful of fresh greens such as snow peas, beans or even sprouts. Then grate 2 carrots. Mix this all together and add 3 mandarins that have been peeled and sectioned. Now, add 1 tablespoon raw honey and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon of good olive oil. A pinch of salt.
Toss it all together and marinate in the fridge for at least two hours. ( I prefer it when its been marinated for 6 to 15 hours myself). Its a great recipe to make one day and eat the next. Its also very nice fresh without marinating, as the marinating really marries the flavors together, but takes out the crispness.
Now Fennel is a great medicine. We extract it in the herbal dispensary and I blend it in all kinds of formulas for people. Its great to aid digestion and also for anyone who feels they need some gentle yet powerful digestive assistance. Its a delicious digestive bitter additive in combination with milk thistle and andrographis. fennel seed tea goes with any meal as a great aid.
If you are breatsfeeding a colicy baby, take some fennel extract and you will find the colic is improved. Traditionally it has been used to help in labor, to also help inprove the flow of breast milk and some ladies tell me that if they have fennel extract at the later stages of the menstrual cycle then it helps ease symptoms and eases your monthly period.
Also if you have any sinus issues or upper respiratory tract infections then this is a great herb to add in your blend as it will relieve hayfever and also help rid the head cavity of excess mucous. Fennel is also helpful for coughs, colds and lung infections.
Fennel compress from the herbal extract is known to help as an antidote to some snake bites. Now, thats one I won’t want to try!!
Grow some in your Garden
Fennel is a perennial, divine smelling herb with yellow flowers.Its from the Mediterranean, so theres a tip for cooking. Where we live on teh Sunshine Coast , I know it grows beautifully. And you can eat the seeds, bulb, flowers in many different ways.
love from Dominique