Photo by Aglaia Kremezi

Fennel, known as maratho to the Greeks, grows wild all over the Greek islands. This tasty plant was immortalized by Robert Browning in his ode to Pheidippides: "Fight I shall, with our foremost, wherever this fennel may grow," Pheidippides proclaimed! Little did he know the run from Marathon to Athens would be his last, as "Like wine thro' clay, / Joy in his blood bursting his heart, he died, the bliss!"

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Wild Fennel: Greece's Mythic Ingredient