Bronze fennel (Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’) has feathery, bronze-purple leaves which are followed by flat-topped, sulphur-yellow flower heads in mid to late summer and then by aromatic seeds. This beautiful plant looks fantastic as a centrepiece for a sunny herb garden, or among tall perennials and grasses.
Bronze Fennel Culinary Uses
Fennel has a sweet aroma and an aniseed flavour. Use leaves in fish stock, sauces and stuffings and in mayonnaise, flavoured butters and salad dressings. The dried stalks can be placed under grilled or barbecued fish. At the two-leafed stage, the seedlings make a pungent addition to salads, reminiscent of mustard. The stronger tasting fennel seeds have a flavour more like aniseed or liquorice. They can be used as a spice, particularly in cakes, breads and stuffings.
Bronze Fennel Medicinal Benefits
- Assists with Anemia
- Helps with weight loss
- Assists with milk production
- Relieves Respiratory Problems
- Beneficial During Menopause
Growing Bronze Fennel
Fennel will grow in most any soil, but the richer the soil, the more tender the foliage and the less aromatic the seed. It likes a well-drained, sheltered but sunny position.
It is easily propagated by seeds. Seedlings do not transplant well, so it is better to sow directly in the garden in the late spring. Plant them 25 to 30cm apart and then thin them out as necessary. It grows a very deep taproot which is difficult to pull up, so remove unwanted seedlings while young.
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