Fennel is often overlooked in the kitchen. But this slightly sweet licorice-like herb is packed with healthful benefits and serves as a delicious star or supporting ingredient for many autumnal recipes. The long-standing staple of the Mediterranean diet is rich in vitamins A and C as well as fiber. As an antioxidant, fennel helps reduce the risk of cancer, and as a source of fiber, the plant appears to decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and constipation. Yes, fennel can be used to provide digestive relief and reduce bloating and gas discomfort. If these health notes haven’t gotten you excited for fennel, scroll through for some scrumptious fennel-based dishes from one of our favorite foodie resoureces, Bon Appetit, to try this fall.