This bulb with feathery fronds and a mild licorice flavor is widely used in Italy, where it’s eaten raw and salted as well
as cooked. It pairs especially well with fish.
How to Choose Fennel
Look for big, round, clean bulbs with a bit of sheen. They should be white, with no signs of cracks or browning. Larger bulbs are usually more tender than long, slender ones, and crisp stalks with bright, feathery fronds are a sign of freshness.
How to Store Fennel
After several days, fennel’s flavor begins to lessen. Keep bulbs tightly wrapped in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Don’t wash them until just before using them, as moisture speeds decay.
How to Prepare Fennel
Sprinkle cut fennel with lemon juice to prevent discoloration.
How to Use Fennel
Fennel is wonderful braised, roasted, grilled, sautéed, or used raw in salads.
Real Simple Fennel Recipes:
- Slow-Cooker Chicken, Fennel, and White Bean Soup
- Winter Greens With Fennel and Croutons
- Pan-Fried Chicken Cutlets With Cool Fennel Salad
- Seared Scallops With Fennel and Cherry Tomatoes
- Meatballs With Fennel and Polenta
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