Saturday, February 23, 2013

FENNEL - Florence Fennel - Finochio

 004 Fennel FINOCCHIO - Florence Fennel 

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) 

Florence Fennel or Finocchio is a highly aromatic herb that grows well almost anywhere and is prized for culinary uses and medicinal properties. 
Tall with yellow flowers, Florence fennel has a swollen bulb-like stem that can be used in cooking - sauteed  grilled or raw. Leaves can be eaten too in salads or cooked as in a stir fry or cultural dishes from India, Pakistan or the Middle East. 
Attractive to insects, seeds valuable for medicinal syrups & tea, esp for intestinal upsets and flatulence.

Sow directly into the soil once frosts are past and soil is starting to warm up.
Very Tall  (6ft plus)- may be invasive to other plants because of its size, so plant out of the main garden alongside a fence or driveway and admire the tall graceful flower heads. 

Once seed sets, fennel will reseed easily. 

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