Fennel, a flowering root vegetable related to carrots, has long been used in Italian and South Asian kitchens to help settle the stomach after a big meal. Fennel tastes like the love child of celery and black licorice, and contains a phytonutrient called anethole, which can help relax the intestines. (Rumor has it fennel also helps you get rid of any trapped gas in your digestive system, though we’ll leave that up to you guys to discover for yourselves.)
As for preparing fennel: Try roasting the bulb in the oven with some olive oil and pepper, like a potato—the fennel will become caramelized and almost sweet. You can also eat fennel bulb raw like celery or chew half a teaspoon of fennel seeds after a meal.
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