What The Fennel?
We’ve managed to grow some gorgeous fennel in our garden, but as you can see after the jump, the cuke patch is taking over, and trying to bring the fennel down. It’s harvest time.
I planted this knowing that I like fennel, but am realizing now that it’s go time that I don’t actually know what to do with it. Any ideas folks? I know you’ll come through for me ES readers!
Aren’t those cuke tendrils amazing!
So the parts I found most interesting, weren’t exactly “science class” related, but here are a few fun facts gleaned from wikipedia:
-Fennel is a carminative, which comes from the Latin roots meaning “healed (by incantation)” or “charmed”, and it refers to foods/herbs/drugs that reduce spasmodic activity of the bowels and are use to treat flatulence.
-Fennel also contains phytoestrogens, like yams and soybeans.
-“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.”