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FENNEL


FENNEL

Fennel is a herbaceous plant that belongs to the family of Umbelliferae , probably native to Asia Minor but spread throughout the Mediterranean and already known by the Egyptians , the Greeks and the Arabs . It is appropriate to distinguish between cultivated and wild fennel . The two varieties are part of the same family , but while the wild grows spontaneously and is used as an aromatic plant , the one cultivated , or common , have an edible part , called " grumolo" , consisting of the basal part of the leaves and characterized by its taste sweeter and less pungent than that of wild fennel .

 

The crop exceeds 18,000 hectares. In Italy it's produced more in Abruzzo , Campania , Calabria , Marche , Molise , Puglia and Lazio . It is a crop characterized by a cyclical production in autumn and winter , therefore ,  it has thermal requirements fairly contained .

 

WHEN THEY CAN BE FOUND

Fennel of fresh quality can be found during the following months:

  1.  GEN 1
  2.  FEB 2
  3.  MAR 3
  4.  APR 4
  5.  MAG 5
  6.  GIU 6
  7.  LUG 7
  8.  AGO 8
  9.  SET 9
  10.  OTT 10
  11.  NOV 11
  12.  DIC 12

 

NUTRITION FACTS

Nutritional information per 100g of edible part of uncooked fennel

Energy(Kcal)

69

Water 

80,5

Protein 

0,72

Carbohydrate 

18,1

    Of which sugar 

15,4

Fat 

0,1

Cholesterol 

0

Fibre 

0,9

Sodium 

0,002

Vitamin C

0,01

Calcium 

0,01

Magnesium 

0,007

Iron 

0,0003

 

The values are ​​expressed in g . Sources : the database of food nutrition facts USDA ( United States Department of Agriculture ) and the Database of food composition INRAN .

 

 

CURIOSITY

The peculiar flavor of fennel is due to the significant presence of anethole , an essence which is then employed for the preparation of liqueurs such as sambuca , pastis and anisette in France or the anis in Spain .

This vegetable has a very low calorie content , it is low in fat but rich in fiber . Fennel is very rich in minerals , especially potassium , calcium and phosphorus , which are useful for strong bones and to prevent cramping and fatigue and it contains many vitamins .

The saying " non farti infinocchiare" means do not be fooled , that recommendation was made to ​​less experienced buyers of wine, which was often added fennel seeds to mask unpleasant odors and flavors of the bad wine

 

RECIPES

 

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