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Growing Fennel in Your Home

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Historically developed in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean regions, the first record of fennel being used medicinally was 50 A.D.
  • The plant is hardy and will likely produce an abundant harvest when you follow a few strategies, such as not over fertilizing and planting away from other herbs
  • You may harvest fennel seeds from your plants to use in salads or make a fennel-infused oil for marinades and cooking throughout the year

Fennel is an herb with a mild but distinctive licorice flavor, popular in foods in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean region. Every part of the plant can be eaten, including the seeds once the plant has flowered. Part of the carrot family, the plant is a perennial.


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