Also known as Sweet Anise, Fennel is an Italian favorite with a sweet licorice flavor. The licorice flavor mellows with cooking, so give it a try!
Storage and Handling:
Cut off the stalks that stick out from the bulb, put the bulb in a loosely closed plastic bag in your refrigerator crisper drawer for up to a week. If you like to use the fronds on the stalk as an herb, put the stalks in a glass with about 2 inches of water, cover the glass with a plastic bag and store in your fridge for up to 5 days.
Fennel is versatile and can be prepared many ways. It’s a refreshing addition to a salad, thinly sliced. It can also be roasted in a high heat oven, slowly sautéed, fried, braised, and layered into gratins.