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Peak Season Fennel

By Alana Sugar, November 26, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Alana Sugar

Fennel and Tangerine SaladCrunchy and slightly sweet, fresh fennel’s taste reminds me of licorice or anise. It looks a little like celery but with a bulbous end and delicate green leaves called fronds.

All parts are edible and delicious!

  • The bulb is often enjoyed raw in salads, salsas and slaws or braised, roasted or grilled.
  • The stalks can be chopped and added to soups, stews, chowders and stocks.
  • The leaves make a perfect garnish or addition to any recipe calling for fresh herbs.

In peak season from fall through early spring, why not dress up your winter menu with some delicious fennel recipes? Here are some tips and ideas you may want to use: 

Be sure to choose a clean, firm bulb, no browning, bruising, splitting or spotting. The stalks should be firm and crunchy, not soft or bendable. The leaves will naturally be darker green although the bulb can be white to whitish-green in color. The aroma should be fresh and licorice-like. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, but if possible, use it soon after purchasing for the best possible flavor.

Do your feasts feature fennel? Got a favorite recipe? Let me know.

Category: Food & Recipes, Produce




Kelly Tornetta says ...
MMMMMMGood recipes
11/26/2012 10:11:16 AM CST
Nikkileenewman says ...
I love fennel!
11/26/2012 11:13:06 AM CST
Mellilah says ...
I love the taste of fennel but haven't known how to use it properly. Thanks for the information.
11/27/2012 1:52:22 PM CST
11/29/2012 10:06:30 AM CST
Pat Skibbe says ...
Looks really tasty. I've never actually used fennel, but I'm going to try it braised. Sounds good caramelized as well.
12/04/2012 5:52:04 PM CST
zelda a. broussard says ...
These recipies seem so inviting to try. Give me ideas for use with dry fennel seeds. and so you carry them? I do believe i would prefer the flavor in a stew, or soup.
10/08/2013 10:12:27 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ZELDA - The exact products in our stores vary but most stores should have an option. Check with your local store to find out exactly what they have in stock!
10/09/2013 4:54:44 PM CDT
Sue says ...
Pickled fennel is AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMazing. Try it!
05/20/2014 1:44:18 PM CDT