Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Myths, folklore, and symbolism
fennel: Because of its supposed eye-strengthening effect, fennel occasionally signifies spiritual clear-sightedness. Since it also supposedly causes molting in snakes that eat it, it symbolizes periodic renewal or rejuvenation. In the Middle Ages it was considered to be an apotropaic* plant. Because of its fragrance and its valuable oil, it is sometimes associated with Mary. (Herder)

*intended to ward off evil

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