Vitamins and Minerals
Found Inside Fennel
Fennel is loaded with nutrients our
bodies seek! It can be both nutritious and
delicious when juiced with other ingredients. Here are a
few of the questions we attempt to answer about Fennel.
- What vitamins in Fennel make Fennel so good
- What is the best method for juicing Fennel?
- What are some great buying tips for Fennel?
Plus, we'll do our best to provide some general information
about Fennel that you might not find so easily elsewhere
on the Internet.
Let's begin our exploration of
Minerals in Fennel
Fennel is probably best known for being
loaded with provitamin A and vitamins B and C,
but fennel also is a great source of calcium, sulfur and iron.
Vitamins in Fennel
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B6 (trace amount)
- Niacin (trace amount)
- Riboflavin (trace amount)
- Thiamin (trace amount)
- Vitamin C
Minerals in Fennel
- Trace amounts of Copper, Manganese, Selenium and
The next time you think about Fennel... think about
how it might add a powerful boost and highly uniquely
delicious licorice flavor to your daily nutrition through
Tips for Juicing
Juicing Fennel can add both flavor and valuable
nutrients to most any home-juiced cocktail... or it can result
in a not-so-palatable drink that is difficult, if not
impossible to swallow.
Here are a few tips for juicing Fennel that may help
turn your juicing experience into something you look forward to
and thoroughly enjoy.
Fennel belongs to the same family as celery and shares many
of celery's health-giving properties. When mixed with carrot
juice, it is helpful for combating night blindness and other
eye disorders. When beet juice is added to the carrot-fennel
mix, it becomes a viable blood strengthener and beneficial to
Some combine fennel with apples when juicing for indigestion
and upset stomach. Yet others juice it for relieving the
symptoms of migraines.
for Buying Fennel
Always buy fennel with the leaves attached and
The bulb should be solid, crisp, and white with no visible
Like celery, fennel should be refrigerated and used within a
week or so of purchasing.
This article wouldn't be complete if we didn't
include a little general information about Fennel.
To avoid confusion: there are three main types
of plant called "fennel" (which they all are): "Florence
fennel", or finocchio, a type with a greatly enlarged bulb
meant for use as a vegetable; common fennel, a wild plant of
little culinary use (sometimes called "bitter fennel"); and
"sweet fennel" -- a plant grown mainly for its seeds used as a
spice, but also, like all its Umbellifrae kin, edible from top
While (herbal) fennel is native to southern
Europe, commercial (herbal) fennel usually comes from Romania,
Bulgaria, Hungary, Egypt, or China.
Fresh basil and fennel are often "secret"
ingredients added to pasta sauces that lend a sweet and
Fennel is also one of the oldest diet remedies.
Filling, yet low in calories, fennel is an ideal snack food for
people trying to lose weight. Ancient Greek and Roman healers
prescribed the seeds to prevent obesity; more modern herbalists
advocate fennel tea as a diet aid.
Aromatic fennel seeds are one of our oldest
spices; they also are used to make a refreshing tea that is
said to alleviate bloating, flatulence, and other intestinal
The sweet, licorice-like flavor of fennel is
similar to that of anise; in fact, although it is unrelated to
this herb, fennel is sometimes called anise.
The licorice flavor in fennel goes especially
well with fish; try baking or grilling it on a bed of fennel
All parts of the fennel plant are edible, and
it can be prepared and served in many ways; raw in salads or
braised, steamed, baked, juiced, or sauteed as a side dish.
Physicians through the ages have prescribed fennel for a
variety of ailments. Hippocrates recommended fennel tea to
stimulate milk production in nursing mothers.
In India, Ayurvedic physicians have long recommended fennel
seeds to aid digestion and prevent bad breath.
Nicholas Culpeper the 17th-century British herbalist used
fennel to treat kidney stones, gout, liver and lung disorders,
and as an antidote to poisonous mushrooms.
Be sure to check out both our "Juicing" and
our "Smoothies" sections for delicious
recipes and more using Fennel!