Fennel bulbs have a flavor between anise and tarragon and a crunchy when eaten raw in salads. They are very popular in Mediterranean cooking and lend themselves nicely to braising and roasting. Fennel pairs nicely with foods like apples, beets, and many kinds of cheese. In Israel, fennel salad is made of chopped fennel bulbs flavored with salt, black pepper, lemon juice, parsley, olive oil, and sumac.
Nutrition: Fennel is rich in folic acid, vitamin C, magnesium, cobalt, iron, and essential oils that contain powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is excellent for indigestion and is commonly used as a natural antacid in order to help reduce acidity and inflammation in the digestive tract. It is also known to help strengthen hair, prevent hair loss, relax the body, and sharpen the memory.