Fennel looks like a cross between a chunky bunch of celery and leek!
1. In India, it is common to chew fennel seed (or saunf) as a mouth-freshener.
2. Florence fennel (finocchio) was one of the three main herbs used in the preparation of absinthe, an alcoholic mixture which originated as a medicinal elixir in Switzerland
3. Fennel is disliked by fleas, and can therefore be used around the house in doorways and near pet bedding to reduce flea populations.
4. Fennel water has properties similar to those of anise and dill water: mixed with sodium bicarbonate and syrup, these waters constitute the domestic 'Gripe Water,' used to correct the flatulence of infants.
5. Fennel is chiefly used medicinally with purgatives to allay their side effects and for this purpose forms one of the ingredients of the well-known compound Liquorice Powder.