After the leaves of the sea fennel are washed they are cut into small pieces and added to salads for its sensory attributes. These include a salty taste, traces of celery, accompanied by a common fennel and citrus aroma. This makes the plant great for seasoning purposes.
It is reported that fennel was used by sailors against scurvy, as for its high vitamin C content. Next to that, shoots of the plant were used to treat prostate and urinary tract inflammations, as well as digestive diseases. Furthermore, antimicrobial properties, beneficial effects against coronary heart diseases, triggered by omega 3 fatty acids, are said to be covered by sea fennel.
Way to grow
The sea fennel likes to grow in full sun, in a dry to well drained soil. It is very tolerant to salinity stress. It can both be grown outside and in the aquaponic system. The leaves should be harvested in may.