Fennel Wild



Foeniculum vulgare

Perennial non-bulbing fennel with prolific sweet aniseed flavoured feathery foliage. The young unfurling leaves are delicious in salads, as a garnish or with fish, or just as a forage food for kids – green lollies! Use young or old leaves in fish stock, sauces and stuffings and in mayonnaise, flavoured butters and salad dressings. The dried stalks can be placed under grilled or barbecued fish.  The yellow flowers are tasty in salads, and the ripe seeds can be used in baking and to make a digestive tea.  The roots are fibrous but have a tasty parsnip-like flavour and we consider them to be somewhere between cultivated vegetables and famine food in terms of use.

Fennel is a useful companion plant for attracting bees, hoverflies and ladybirds. The dried stems can be used as stakes for bean and pea teepees and make excellent woody mulch around trees in winter. Our kids also use them as witches broomsticks! The plant accumulates sulfur and potassium and is a good addition to a compost heap or chopped and dropped for mulch.  Great for a vege garden border plant, and the ultimate multi-functional plant!  ‘Weed’ did I hear you say?! Just make sure you cut off the seed heads before they mature if you don’t want the plants to spread. Useful part of a medicinal herbal ley for stock. Height to 200cm. 9cm pot. Certified organic plant.

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