Honestly, the only vegetables that I am familiar with are the ones which you can readily buy in the grocery store. Veggies like collard greens, arugula, fennel and kale are things that I have never even heard of – which is a bad thing because had I not learned about them, I would be missing out on a lot of nutrients and vitamins.
One odd-sounding and odd-looking vegetable which is power-packed with healthy stuff is fennel. This herb plant has a base which looks like an onion bulb, while the top portion is made up of leaves and green stalks. These parts and the seeds are all edible, so nothing goes to waste when you buy fennel.
As far as the nutrient goes, fennel is rich in vitamin C and B3, and it also contains dietary fibers, potassium, manganese, calcium, iron and folate. One cup of raw fennel will provide you with about 20% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C that your body needs, which in turn will boost your immune system. Fennel also helps improve the health of your cardiovascular system and your colon.
Fennel can be sautéed, braised, stir-fried or sliced and served raw along with your favorite salads and side dishes.