Dating ball fruit jars

05-Sep-2017 20:19

John Evelyn could grow it, recommending “the stalks be peeled when young and then dressed like celery”, and the American consul, on sending fennel seeds to Thomas Jefferson in Virginia, described it as “beyond every other vegetable”, adding that in Italy it was eaten “at dessert – crude, with or without salt”. It was the Romans who turned the one into the other and believed it would make them strong and improve their sight.The Greeks called it Marathon, investing it with all sorts of magic, including appetite suppression; Charlemagne declared it essential in every garden, and fennel was used as a poultice for snakebites.Jujubes, licorice and marshmallows are a prime examples of ancient medicine becoming modern candy.Conserves and preserves (fruit preserved in sugar) eventually became their own type of food; typically paired toast or spread between cookies and cakes.

I love pickled fennel, sliced finely then brined and steeped in cider vinegar with a little honey and fennel seeds.Umbelliferae are decorative garden plants, both Foeniculum vulgare and its bronze relation will seed and squeeze in readily all over the border, without elbowing out their companions.Decorative cousins, the noble but inedible Ferula communis and tingitana ‘Cedric Morris’ are available from Great Dixter.Take two cups of fennel, combine with three teaspoons of salt in a bowl of iced water and leave to pickle for at least two hours.Combine three-quarters of a cup of vinegar with half a cup of water, two tablespoons of honey and spices and bring to the boil.

I love pickled fennel, sliced finely then brined and steeped in cider vinegar with a little honey and fennel seeds.

Umbelliferae are decorative garden plants, both Foeniculum vulgare and its bronze relation will seed and squeeze in readily all over the border, without elbowing out their companions.

Decorative cousins, the noble but inedible Ferula communis and tingitana ‘Cedric Morris’ are available from Great Dixter.

Take two cups of fennel, combine with three teaspoons of salt in a bowl of iced water and leave to pickle for at least two hours.

Combine three-quarters of a cup of vinegar with half a cup of water, two tablespoons of honey and spices and bring to the boil.

Sow in open soil in rows when the soil is warm in late May/June.