Fennel Folklore

Fennel history dates back to 23-29 AD, when the Roman author Pliny wrote about it. Pliny believed that serpents ate and rubbed against fennel to improve their eyesight, and because of this observation,
he used fennel to treat 22 ailments.

Ancient Greeks called fennel Marathron which is derived from a word meaning “to grow thin.” They believed that steeping fennel into a tea would help with weight loss. During the 1300’s, in England, fennel was used as an appetite suppressant so that people could observe the Church’s mandated ‘Fastying dayes’. Fennel was brought by the Puritans to the United States so they could nibble on the seeds during the long Church services to stave off hunger.

During Medieval times, fennel was hung over doorways to protect those dwelling inside from evil spirits. Fennel seeds inserted into keyholes was thought to protect the dwelling from ghosts.

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