Fennel bulb also known as Sweet Anise has a sweet, mild licorice flavor. This is a popular European vegetable, especially in Italy and France. Not to be confused with herb anise, which is grown for its seeds which are sold as a seasoning.
The feathery fronds that grow above the bulb can be used as an herb, like dill weed, to flavor soups and stews. The broad bulbous base is treated like a vegetable and can be used raw, thinly sliced in salads or sliced and cooked.
This is a common vegetable available in most grocery stores. Look for fresh, feathery greens and firm bulbs. Avoid bulbs with brown spots.
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