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Top Tea to Harvest this Month - Fennel by Cassie Liversidge

Monday, September 8th 2014 @ 4:37 PM

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) has been used widely as a medicinal herb for hundreds of years. You can grow a range of colours of fennel including green and bronze and they can provide a lovely contrasting foliage texture in your garden.

It is a perennial plant so it will live for more than two years and it will die back during the winter months. It likes a sunny and well-drained soil and it can get quite tall, so plant it at the back of a border. You can grow it in a pot, increasing the pot size each year or dividing the plant when it is very pot bound. By September, the yellow fennel flowers will have turned into brown seeds that will be ready to harvest.

 

Pick the brown dried seeds from the seed heads. Crush two pinches of seeds in a mortar and pestle and then place into an empty tea bag or teapot. Pour on the boiled water (80-85 degrees Centigrade) and cover with a saucer or lid to trap the aroma. Steep for 3 minutes, remove the teabag and enjoy. Fennel is really good for your digestion and it can also help clear cold symptoms. Store some dried fennel seed for use throughout the winter months.

~Cassie Liversidge

 

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CASSIE LIVERSIDGE was born in the UK and studied fine art at Plymouth University. She grew up on her parents’ plant nursery, where her love of gardening began. Her debut book, Pasta Sauce! Grow Your Own Ingredients, came from a desire to share her passion for eating homegrown food and living in a more sustainable way. She lives and works in London with her husband and two sons, but spends time in New York each year. Cassie is author of Homegrown Tea, released March 2014. Visit her website at cassieliversidge.com

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