• Leaves are a good source of beta carotene and vitamin C.
  • A Good source of potassium and fiber 
  • Low in calories


  • The Oil in fennel seeds can irritate skin.

Filing, yet low in calories, fennel is an ideal food for people trying to lose weight. Although it hs a distinctly different flavor, its stalks can be mistaken for celery. Both vegetables re members of the parsley plant family, and like celery, fennel contains fiber and is low in calories--a 1 cup serving has only 25 calories. Fennel is much more nutritious than celery, however; a 1 cup serving is a good source of potassium and fiber and contains some vitamin C, iron, calcium and folate; the leaves contain beta caratene and vitamin C.

The sweet,, licoricelike flavor of fennel is similiar to that of anise. The licorice flavor goes specially well with fish; try baking fish on a bed of fennel stalks. All prts of the plant re edible, and it can be prepared in many ways raw in salds or braised or sauted as a side dish. Stuffed bulbs are a flavorful vegetarian entree; the chopped leaves make a colorful and nutritious garnish for other vegetable dishes.