Fennel 茴香

這是一個盪氣迴腸的感人故事。這是普羅米修斯與雅典娜創造人類的時代,雖然雅典娜教曉人類務農及蓄牧,但普羅米修斯眼見人類要生吃食物生活困苦,很希望可以將天火帶給人類,但宙斯不情願,普羅米修斯唯有到山上偷取,並將天火收藏在茴香枝中,宙斯大怒並狠狠懲罰普羅米修斯。普羅米修斯為了造福人類,慘烈地受苦三萬年。
在希臘有一個名叫marathon的地方,意思是「種植很多茴香的田地」,很久以前雅典人戰勝波斯人後亦用茴香枝編織了旗幟宣示勝利。在這個奧運發源地,燃燒的茴香聖火生生不息地流傳至今。
經歴世世代代,茴香為我們帶來很多故事,氣味和味道亦很複雜,有些人認為味道與八角和Liquorice相類似,但因為纖維極多,又有散寒暖胃的功效,茴香還是很受歡迎。如果嘗試生吃,可以把茴香菜薄切加上醋及橄欖油,如果想熟食的話,炒或焗亦是很好的方法。

Fennel is sophisticated in its aroma complex as well as its significance in many cultures especially the Mediterranean’s. Here we want to refer to two stories that we choose for you just in time to celebrate the upcoming Summer Olympic Games.

The first is about how the Titan Prometheus in Greek mythology gave fire to humankind, and the second has to do with the Greek town Marathon.

One day Prometheus left Olympus to live amongst the people. He quickly realized they were suffering from starvation, hunted by wild beasts, and were shivering in the cold. “If they only had fire,” Prometheus thought to himself. He begged Zeus to give fire to the people to help them through long months of winter. Zeus refused, but with his intension to help mankind, he stole a spark from Zeus’ lightning bolt and stored it in a tall stalk of fennel. Prometheus brought the fire back, taught the people how to warm themselves, and cook their food with fire. Zeus was furious when he found out, and had Prometheus chained to the side of Mount Olympus to suffer there for all eternity.

Besides being the place where the Marathon race is originated, this town named Marathon in Greece actually has a special meaning: the word Marathon literally means “a place full of fennels”. It was believed the town was given this name because of the abundance of fennel plants in the area. The Greek had flags made with fennel stalks to announce their victory in the Greco-Persian Wars.

Enjoy The Games while you munch on a plate of refreshing fennel salad!