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Fennel

fennel

A member of the parsley family, this anise-flavored, pale green, bulbous vegetable of Mediterranean origin has bright green feathery fronds sprouting from its top. The base and stems can be eaten raw in salads or can be cooked. The fragrant greenery can be used as a garnish or snipped like dill weed for a last-minute flavor boost.

 

How to Buy

Choose compact, unblemished, smooth, whitish green bulbs without cracks. Tops should be fresh and feathery.

How to Prepare

Remove feathery tops (slice to use as a seasoning) and tough or discolored outer ribs; trim base. Cut bulbs lengthwise into fourths.

How to Cook Conventionally

Boil: Covered 8 to 11 minutes or until tender.

Steam: Covered 12 to 15 minutes or until tender.

How to Microwave

Place in 1-quart microwavable casserole; add 2 tablespoons water. Cover. Microwave 4 minutes 30 seconds to 5 minutes 30 seconds or until crisp-tender. Let stand 2 minutes.

Try it Out in a Recipe

Tomato-Fennel Soup
Tomato-Fennel Soup
The sweet, subtle flavor of fennel brings a new sophistication to homemade tomato soup....
 
Gluten-Free Braised Chicken with Fennel and White Beans
Gluten-Free Braised Chicken with Fennel and White Beans
Moist and flavorful braised chicken combines with fennel, tomatoes, cannellini beans and rosemary fo...
 
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