It’s not everyday you see fennel this beautiful. Fennel with big beautiful greenery still attached. Fennel the way it should be. At supermarkets the fennel greens have always been removed,( the same as when you buy beets or carrots). What a shame! So where do you find fennel with its greenery still intact ? Why, I never thought you would ask! You are more likely to find some at an organic food store or farmers market.
While most people have never consumed fennel leaves and would never think of it, in many cultures, fennel leaves are quite commonly used in cooking. Probably not so much in green smoothies but they are used to add anise flavour to cooked dishes such as pasta and fish as well as chopped raw into salads etc. The good news is they also taste great in green smoothies.
I absolutely love the combination of strawberries, orange and fennel. Hopefully you will too. Or else! Seriously though, this smoothie is money. I added a date but I think it would have been good without it. Maybe give it a try before adding the date to see. It will depend on how sweet your strawberries and oranges are. I put the ginger as optional because I know that not everyone loves the strong taste of ginger. I know many who absolutely love it though, so if you aren’t sure go ahead and give it a try.
Some Health Benefits of Fennel Leaves
-Great for digestion. Can help with relieving indigestion, constipation, and gas
-Can help detoxify liver and kidney
-Help reduce fluid retention in body
Have you used fennel tops before? What are your favourite ways to prepare fennel (the bulb)?
Fennel Top Strawberry Orange Green Smoothie
note: I used ginger when I made this smoothie but will still be delicious without
1 cup strawberries
1 cup fennel tops
1 orange, peeled
1 medjool date, pitted
1/2 cup water
2 ice cubes
optional: 1 small piece of ginger, peeled
Blend in a blender until smooth.
Makes 1 serving.
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