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.