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a1rosess
Nov 7, 2011 12:33 AM CST
Fennel
Fennel tea is good for the digestion and opens the appetite. Diuretic. It is also good for bronchitis or cough. Grow fennl around the home for protection. Hang garlands of fennel at the windows to ward off evil spirits. It is used in purification sachets. Hurray! Shrug!

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sheryl
Nov 8, 2011 11:05 AM CST
Okay, I gotta ask. What does fennel planted around the house protect you from, and is the Department of Homeland security aware of it??

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gardengus
Nov 9, 2011 7:11 PM CST
(( Hilarious! Sheryl))

A very nice photo of fennel
What type is it? would you consider adding it to the database?
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chelle
Nov 11, 2011 10:32 AM CST
I had fennel sprout right outside my back door this spring; right where I tossed the chaff from seed cleaning. Hilarious! Guess we're protected from....whatever it is. Big Grin
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sheryl
Nov 11, 2011 6:32 PM CST
Wow, I'm so glad you did that!!! Rolling on the floor laughing
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AlohaHoya
Nov 12, 2011 4:34 PM CST
I had the same question! Must be elephants as I've heard no reports of them seen in Indiana.

I love fennel in my salad...the bulbs. The bulbs are wonderful raw, in slivers, with lemon juice and salt sprinkled over them....
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sheryl
Nov 12, 2011 6:39 PM CST
Huh, really? Never heard that before. Do the bulbs have the same anise-like taste that the leaves have?
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mom2goldens
Nov 30, 2011 9:23 PM CST
Sheryl--bulbing fennel does have the same anise-like flavor as the leaves. However, not all fennel is the bulbing type. You can also let the foliage flower and go to seed---the seeds also have that wonderful anise flavor. The fennel bulbs can be used in salads, is wonderful sauteed, and can be roasted with other root vegetables. I love to use them in my cooking.

The seeds are wonderful mixed with other spices (crushed cumin, coriender, sea salt) to top focaccia.
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SongofJoy
Dec 1, 2011 2:59 AM CST
I agree
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sheryl
Dec 1, 2011 9:59 AM CST
Interesting, thanks!
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SongofJoy
Dec 1, 2011 10:23 AM CST
Every time I make homemade soup these days, I toss in Fennel seeds. Love them. ♥
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LindaTX8
Dec 3, 2011 10:55 AM CST
A friend of mine grows bulb fennel. They are more popular in other countries than here, I believe. I have a bronze fennel blooming...in December! Hadn't bloomed all year, but oh well, some of the plants are confused this year!
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Dec 3, 2011 9:30 PM CST
I have bronze fennel growing against the house. For it's protection not mine. LOL I love the fragrance, taste of both foliage and seeds, and just the beauty of the plant.
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SongofJoy
Dec 4, 2011 3:51 AM CST
I agree, it is a beautiful plant. I enjoy the foliage too. Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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sheryl
Dec 4, 2011 4:29 PM CST
Are there any hardy fennels?
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SongofJoy
Dec 4, 2011 4:40 PM CST
Sheryl, fennel is hardy from zone 5. Green Grin! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up
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sheryl
Dec 4, 2011 5:58 PM CST
Huh - I must have picked the one non-hardy fennel - Florence fennel? 'e's dead.
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SongofJoy
Dec 5, 2011 4:58 AM CST
'Twas Bronze Fennel of which I spoke. I should have been more specific. Green Grin!
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sheryl
Dec 5, 2011 8:22 PM CST
That's okay - I'm not sure if it's because it wasn't hardy or because I planted it late, anyway. Whistling
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mom2goldens
Dec 5, 2011 8:25 PM CST
Florence fennel is the bulbing type--I don't think that's a perennial anywhere. The bronze fennel is beautiful, and can reseed vigorously under the right conditions. I"ve not found it to be a problem in our zone, but a bad winter can wipe out about anything here Sad The butterflies certainly do love fennel, which is an added bonus in my book.

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