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09/10/2012

Fennel

Fennel is a favourite of mine, if you like the taste of aniseed, you will love this vegetable.

Fennel is a bulb,  it’s foliage is used as a herb.   The bulb is eaten raw, roasted or slowly braised.  You often find fennel accompanied with fish.

Fennel has many health giving properties, it has been used for centuries for improving digestion.  Nutritionally this bulb offers calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and copper, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, folate, potassium and manganese.  It’s often used for menopausal diets as it contains phytoestrogens which helps boost the women’s estrogen levels if eaten with other such foods like soya and chick peas with a high nutrient dense food plan.

Try this:

Caramalised Fennel

Use 2 large bulbs, sliced length ways ½ inch thick, or which ever way you prefer.

In a large thick bottomed pan heat some oil, and heat, put in the fennel and sauté for 10 minutes, turning it over and ensuring you don’t burn it.

Serve with grilled seabass, mashed sweet potato and minted peas, mange tout and baby carrots.

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