Fantabulous Fennel!

Fennel is a lovely addition to your juicing resources. When juicing fennel, you can use just the bulb, or you can include the stalk and all the leaves. All parts of this versatile veggie are edible.  Fennel is related to the parsley, dill, and coriander plant family.

Fennel’s smell and taste is distinct. To truly enjoy fennel you have to be a fan of both licorice and anise flavors.

Nutritional Benefits of Fennel

Vitamin C: Fennel has an excellent amount of Vitamin C, serving over 17% of your daily value.  The benefits of including Vitamin C in your diet are well-known.  As the leading water-soluble antioxidant, Vitamin C neutralizes free radicals throughout all water environments of our bodies.  And since we are made of mostly water, Vitamin C is King.

Immune Support: The Vitamin C in fennel is directly attributable to immune support.  Combined with potassium (10% daily value) and manganese (8% of daily value), fennel delivers powerful nutrients to your body. Juice fennel to keep your body running in tip-top shape.

Cardio Health: In conjunction with folate (6% daily value), the potassium in fennel works wonders when it comes to protecting blood vessel walls and lowering blood pressure. Fennel contributes to the protection against stroke and heart attack.

Nectar of the Gods

  • 1 fennel bulb (alternatively add the leaves and stalks)
  • ½ beet with greens
  • 2 apples. Click here to learn more about how an apple a day makes awesome smoothies!

Juice all together and drink up the divine!

History of Fennel

Fennel has a rich history, especially in Greece. Fennel was called “marathron” because it was given as a reward to runners and athletes who reached arête. Legend has it that knowledge was given to humankind by the Olympians via a fennel stalk filled with coal. Fennel was apparently sacred to the Greek God Dionysus.

The ancient Greek and Roman world used fennel both medicinally and for culinary purposes.

Fennel originates in the area around the Mediterranean Sea and Near East. Primary cultivators today are located in France, India, Russia, and the United States.

Selection and Storage of Fennel

Choose fennel with bulbs that are white or pale green in color.  Consistency should be firm with a solid feel and clean look. Avoid fennel that are split, bruised, or spotted.  The stalks should be tight around the bulb.  If stalks are splayed, the fennel is aged. Stalks and leaves should be green. Quality fennel will give off a subtle licorice-like aroma.

Store fennel in the refrigerator crisper for up to four days.

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