Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) and Dill (Anethum graveolens) were carried to prayer meetings in Colonial times in small pouches. The seeds were used to curb the appetite. They were called “meeting seeds.”
Fennel has an anise flavor and is good in oily fish dishes.Adds a good garnish to soups. The best being carrot, squash and potato.
I like it on baked Sweet potatos.
Fennel is a diuretic, reducing fluid retention.
It increases breast milk in nursing mothers and can ease colic in babies.
A strong infusion of the seed is a good antiseptic gargle for sore throats.
The tallest plant in the right hand corner of this photo is fennel.
Butterflies love it !