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Sunday, 25 January 2015


The benefits of eating fennel have been rumoured for many years, and it was introduced to Britain by the Romans, whose warriors are said to have eaten it to make them strong.

It is a strong antioxidant, with animal studies showing its anethole molecules reduce inflammation and help to prevent cancer.

In India the seeds are used as breath freshners.

Fennel has been used in gripe water to settle babies' tummies, as a syrup to ease coughs, and in a tea to ease wind.

In Latin America it has been used for centuries to induce milk production in mothers.

Flies are thought to be allergic to fennel. In powdered form it is sometimes used to keep flies away from horses.

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