Throw in a bowl and combine. For strictly raw do not add the mustard. Enjoy!
Why is it good for me?...
My surprise about how much I love this salad comes from the fact that I am not a fan of liquorish flavoured ‘stuff’ unlike my hubby,whom of Danish descent cannot get enough of the stuff. Fennel’s aniseed flavour comes from anethole, an aromatic compound also found in anise and star anise, and its taste and aroma are similar to theirs, though usually not as strong.
The nutritional value of Fennel is very high. Like many of its fellow spices, fennel contains its own unique combination of phytonutrients—that give it strong antioxidant activity. In addition to its unusual phytonutrients, fennel bulb is an excellent source of vitamin C. The vitamin C found in fennel bulb is directly antimicrobial and is also needed for the proper function of the immune system. As a very good source of fiber, fennel bulb may help to reduce elevated cholesterol levels. And since fibre also removes potentially carcinogenic toxins from the colon, fennel bulb may also be useful in preventing colon cancer. Fennel is also a very good source of potassium, a mineral that helps lower high blood pressure, another risk factor for stroke and heart attack.
Historically Fennel was revered by the Greeks and the Romans for its medicinal and culinary properties. And on the funny side............. Fennel is widely employed as a carminative, both in humans and in veterinary medicine (e.g., dogs), to treat flatulence by encouraging the expulsion of intestinal gas. Anethole is responsible for the carminative action. It also serves as a mild laxative.
For our animal lovers...............Fennel is one of the plants which is said to be disliked by fleas, and powdered fennel has the effect of driving away fleas from kennels and stables.
Mandy Crawford, Doctor of Osteopathy