The ancients of many cultures revered fennel both for its licorice-like aroma and taste, as well as for its charming properties. Attributed with the power to bestow long life, courage, strength and even to ward off evil spirits, we modern plant people highly regard fennel for its capacity to ease uncomfortable feelings of fullness, bloating or gassiness, or as an all-around promoter of healthy digestion.
Fennel has a wonderful anise flavor that works well in both savory and sweet recipes. It's a popular ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine. The bulbs are commonly roasted or grilled or added, raw, to salads, and the feathery fronds can be added to salads and soups to impart a more delicate fennel flavor.