Fennel is delicious, with a sweet and delicate aniseed flavour. Use in salads and with fish to counteract oiliness. Fennel has many other uses; an infusion of Fennel used as a compress is excellent for softening rough chapped hands. Or pour hot water over the leaves and stems for a cleansing facial steam bath. It also has a reputed use for many ailments, particularly regularising painful and abnormal menstrual periods. It has long been recommended to combat obesity and aid slimming, as an eyewash for sore eyes and as a gentle laxative.
Prepare the ground well and rake to a fine tilth before sowing. Sow seeds in early spring outdoors where they are to grow, 12mm deep in rows 38cm apart. When large enough to handle thin out to 30cm apart. They prefer a sunny site and well-drained soil but will grow in most sites and soils.