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Fennel greens tea


Never Alone In The Bush
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Jun 16, 2011
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Melbourne, Victoria
I thought I'd test out fennel greens tea

I picked a few young plants:

I couldn't quite decide which bits to use, so I cut up some of the thick stems (lightly crushed), thin stems (which are almost hollow) and the leafy fronds

I put each in its own glass and added boiled water and let them steep for 5 minutes:

I was a little surprised by the results.
- The leafy fronds were not good. They were somewhat "earthy" in flavour and quite lacking in fennel flavour
- The thick stems were ok, but not a very clean flavour, a bit woody I guess
- I think that the thin stems were best. A nice, clean fennel flavour with nothing to distract the palate.
- However let me add that others in the house favoured the thick stem tea (the leafy fronds were universally the least favourite)

The greens, especially the stems, are nice to chew as you walk along, and many people add the leafy fronds to cooking. I expected the leaves would produce the best tea,
but from my little experiment I was completely wrong !

On a final note we all agreed that the fennel seed made the best tea - https://www.bushcraftoz.com/threads/fennel-seed-tea.10699/