Rich in volatile oils, fennel is what is know as a carminative herb, easing bloating, gas pains, and digestive spasms in the small and large intestines. Fennel can also reduce breath and body odour that originates in the intestines. Women who are breast feeding may find that fennel, which works in a similar way to the body’s hormones, increases milk flow. Also reputed to aid; respiratory ailments, inflamed eyes, and slimming.
Fennel goes with: almonds, anchovies, artichokes, butter, capers, chicken, chicken stock, chillies, cream, eggs, fish, garlic, goats cheese, ham, lemons, mushroom, olive oil, olives, oranges, parmesan cheese, pasta, pepper, pernod, pork, potatoes, radicchio, rice, rocket, salt, tomatoes, walnuts, watercress.