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Bronze fennel

Hi all!

I have some gorgeous bronze fennel growing in my garden as a sculptural plant. Can you tell me if it is edible, as with other fennels, and if so what part of the plant can be used?

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157

    you can eat the leaves and the seeds. It's just fennel, Foeniculum vulgare

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Pamela14Pamela14 Posts: 51

    Ah that's really helpful

    Thank you nutcutlet image

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530

    Every year I collect loads of fennel seeds which I sow thickly in small trays of coir. After two weeks on the kitchen window sill I take a pair of scissors to the seedlings and eat them in sandwiches.

  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    I have two new plants. Does it usually need staking?
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Thanks. Maybe it will get more feathery as it grows.
  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    The bronze one is edible but the one that produces swollen roots that are used as a vegetable is another variety. That one is the green florence fennel which develops larger bulbs.

    I use fennel seeds in a honey spiced cake and also for fennel tea which is good for the digestive system. 
  • The_herpetologistThe_herpetologist Posts: 481
    edited May 2018
    Yes, it’s beautiful, and edible. I have some too. Have to be careful though as it leeches a chemical that impedes the growth of any other plants in the near viscinity. 
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    edited May 2018
    Ah, does it now?  Good to know. My borage seems to be fine with it. But will keep an eye out.
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    Unfortunately does not impede the plants in my garden. The fennel is surrounded by miscanthus, verbascums, gunnera etc, all growing like billy-o!
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