The bulb,stalk,leaves and seeds are all edible. Fennel is closely related to parsley,carrots,dill and coriander.Fennel root,also known as fennel bulb,is rich in dietary fiber,vitaminC,potassium and manganese.A high intake of fiber-rich foods like raw fennel is linked to a lower risk of heart disease,stroke and high blood pressure. Dietary fiber adds bulk to your stool and can help regulate your bowel movements.The vitaminC in fennel root is necessary for the growth,development and maintenance of bones. Fennel also contains two other nutrients that play a role in bone health:potassium and manganese.A high intake of these three nutrients may help prevent osteoporosis.Raw fennel root has a crisp texture and a licorice-like flavour that make it a unique addition to salads or vegetable trays. It is also delicious baked with other root vegetables with a curry yoghurt sauce for dipping.