Fennel 1litre pot has a long and varied history of use. The Egyptians and the Chinese used it strictly for medicinal purposes and their lore was brought back to Europe by early traders. During the Middle Ages, it was believed to hold magical qualities and people hung fennel plants over their doors to drive away evil spirits. Eventually, someone recognised its use as a flavouring for eggs and fish. Today, its crisp anise flavour makes it a favourite of cooks everywhere.