It is in season now until spring. Fennel that does not receive enough recognition, yet its potent medicinal properties are many!
It is a plant native to the Mediterranean region. The fennel plant is related to Parsley, Carrots and dill. It is used as a medicinal and culinary ingredient.
Not only does it taste good, but it is good for you too!
Use fresh fennel in salads, or steam it. Its anise flavor will delight you!
Vitamin C Source:
A one cup serving of fennel bulb provides 10.5 mg of vitamin C, or 17% of the daily value. Vitamin C boosts your immune system, and also functions as an antioxidant by protecting blood vessel walls from oxidation that contributes to cardiovascular disease.
Fennel provides Phytochemical , including Anethole, Rutin and Quercetin , which function as antioxidants. They protect and repair damage resulting from excessive levels of free radicals, chemical byproducts of metabolism.
Fennel is rich in potassium. One cup of the vegetable provides 360 mg of this mineral, which is approximately 10% of the daily value. Potassium is necessary for cell, tissue and organ functions. It provides the chemicals necessary for muscle contraction utilized in cardiovascular and digestive processes.
A one cup serving of fennel provides nearly 3 g of fiber, or about 13% of the daily value. Fiber is important for regulating the function of the digestive tract. Fiber maintain healthy cholesterol levels.