Fennel comes from a plant, and we should always be sure to eat plenty of plants. Like most vegetables, fennel is high in vitamin C, various B vitamins, and minerals such as manganese, phosphorous, and potassium.
An Antioxidant Powerhouse
Fennel is also very high in antioxidants that, when combined with fiber (which fennel also has plenty of), may be able to help prevent colon cancer. Antioxidants are also known to reduce inflammation and help boost immune function, which is just another great reason to eat your vegetables (as if you needed another reason).
The Benefits of Spices
Fennel seeds are also commonly used as a spice. They taste similar to anise and can be used to substitute for, or complement anise. Like vegetables, adding herbs and spices to your diet has been shown to improve blood pressure and immune function. Plus, it just makes your food delicious, so it’s a win-win!
For those who like to eat seasonally, fennel bulbs are usually available only in the spring.