Fennel is closely related to parsley, carrots, dill and coriander, which shows its delightful ties to some very healthy plants. You can actually eat the bulb, stalk, leaves and seeds of this nutritious herb. Best of all, fennel has the power to blend well or enhance the flavor of other foods.
Fennel is an excellent source of vitamin C, folate, potassium and dietary fiber. With only 27 calories per cup (and zero cholesterol) fennel is one of the best antioxidant and anti-inflammatory foods on the planet. Just a side note: fennel is “carminative”, which means it prevents formation of gas in the intestinal tract.
Fennel is used to treat flatulence, bloating, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, hypertension, low milk production in nursing women, premenstrual syndrome, bad breath, sinus congestion and chronic coughs.
I enjoy drinking Sweet Fennel Tea after meals as it helps to aid digestion and is high in fibre. It is also safe enough to be used for infants suffering from colic: