Thursday, June 21, 2012
Isn't fennel a funny little plant? Shown above are two types that made it into the pot tonight. The back spindly one is bronze fennel. The front lighter green one is the kind of fennel that produces the white, edible bulbs sold in grocery stores. Both are very nice to munch on while in the garden.
To brew, I took my kitchen shears and chopped up the fennel coarsely, then shoved it into the pot. I added boiling water and steeped for 10 minutes. The liquor morphed into a gorgeous shade of celadon! The light was softening and I couldn't get a good photo, so you'll have to trust me.
The aroma of the first 10-minute brew surprised me. It was vegetal/roasty, like some green teas. I was even more surprised to find the taste to be very sweet. The "licorice flavor" was not at all overpowering. An interesting combination! (I like it.)
Brewing for 20 minutes produced a (slightly) sweeter cup, and the vegetal/roasty aroma remained. In my herb book, fennel is noted for being a good stomach and intestinal remedy.
Do you like fennel? Do you drink it as an herbal tea?