Fennel is crunchy and slightly sweet, adding a refreshing contribution to the ever popular Mediterranean cuisine. Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease. In fact, a recent analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults demonstrated that following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of overall and cardiovascular mortality, a reduced incidence of cancer and cancer mortality, and a reduced incidence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Fennel has a slight licorice taste and goes well with fish.

Fennel with Herbs

Fennel bulbs
½ cup vegetable broth or water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Your choice of marinade or dressing

Thoroughly wash and trim fresh fennel. Cook the fennel for several minutes in a little water or vegetable broth adding pepper, lemon, salt and fresh or dried herbs. Try Italian style or toss with Spicy Cajun or Dill Dressing. Cook until the bulb portion is tender and delicious. Fennel may also be grilled on the BBQ. Drizzle with melted butter or olive oil, just like the Mediterranean diet!