I made some soup with fennel and got carried away. It only called for a teaspoon and yet I poured in at least double the amount. My fennel was ancient and I feared some of the flavor had gone out of it, therefore I was loose with my hand. But that's alright. Antediluvian tales tell of us of fennel's amazing properties: relieving heartburn, curing colic, and ending unwanted flatulence.