“The fennel is, beyond every other vegetable, delicious,” wrote Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States and a keen observer of the natural world. He grew fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) in his kitchen garden at Monticello, not only for food but also for its therapeutic qualities.
Medicinally, fennel seeds relieve stomach bloating and gas, which is why they are frequently served after dinner in South Asian restaurants. The seeds also make an effective breath sweetener after dining.
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