NAME // Fennel aka Florence fennel, finocchio, sweet fennel IN SEASON // all year
WHAT IS IT? // a aniseed tasting bulb, slightly like celery. It's a member of the Umbellifereae family and therefore closely related to parsley, carrots, dill and coriander
NUTRIENTS // Vit C, manganese, folate, potassium, copper and magnesium.
STORING // wrap in damp kitchen towel and place in the fridge. It should last around 3 days.
The marmite of the vegetable world, fennel has a strong aniseed flavour that does become more subtle when cooked.
Fennel is used in natural toothpastes and mouthwashes - therefore if you're off on a date or an important meeting you could do worse that throwing this in whatever you're eating! It's also great for promoting good heart and digestive health.
You can throw it in a salad or roast 3 or 4 halved, which is just delicious. I like it in stir fry and any type of asian type salad or make a fresh fennel slaw. Fennel is also a perfect accompaniment to fish.
To prepare, just chop off the roots and leaves and slice or half.
Here's some recipe inspiration for you:
Formally Emma Gutteridge