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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.

For this BB, you will create fennel seed syrup or gummies using plant material you harvested.

Minimum requirements:
  - Create syrup and/or gummies
  - Use fennel seed

To document completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (< 2 minutes):
 - Harvested plant material (either being harvested or just harvested)
 - Making the syrup and or gummies with a description or link to the recipe you used
 - Finished syrup or gummies in a labeled container

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 - Honey infusions do not qualify for this BB
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I have a fennel plant in my small veg patch. I collected some this morning. I separated the seed heads from the twigs over a glass dish and rescued a couple of bugs including a restless bush cricket, which I freed back into the garden. Then I scrunch them up and rubbed between my hands, freeing as many seeds as I could. The glass dish is great for blowing away the chaff. The seeds whiz around the end and the lighter stuff blows off into the garden. There may have been a few seeds that escaped but I don’t mind volunteer fennel plants in the garden. I ended up with a heaped  tablespoon of seeds - just under 5 grams. I ground them in a pestle and mortar and added to a saucepan along with 247 g of gula melaka (solid unrefined cane sugar) and 247 g of water. I heated the water until the sugar melted and the solution started bubbling. Then I left it to cool for an hour and infuse before straining into a jar. Tastes amazing and I love the golden hue!

My recipe:
250g raw sugar
250g water
1 tablespoon / 5g fennel seeds

Steps:
Grind seeds in a pestle and mortar
Put everything into a small saucepan over a low heat
Stir occasionally, melting the sugar and heating until the first bubbles appear
Strain into a sterile jar
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