EN on Foods

February 2011 Issue

The Finer Side of Fennel

The ancient lore of fennel is as notable as its influence on the cuisine of the Mediterranean, where it originates. In Greek mythology, a fennel stalk carried the godsí gift of knowledge to man. The ancient Greek word for fennel, "marathon," was awarded to the runner who ran 26 miles to deliver news of the invasion which led to victory at the Battle of Marathon. Through the ages this plant has been used to build courage before battle, ward off evil spirits in medieval times, stave off hunger during long Puritan church meetings, serve as a digestive tonic, and even cure bad breath.

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