What are ways I can add fennel to my meals?


From bulb to top, fennel packs an aromatic punch. This licorice-hinted vegetable can serve many roles on your plate.

Containing vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus and potassium, the entire fennel plant is edible. Thinly sliced fennel adds a refreshing, crispy touch to salads.

Grilling, braising, sautéing or roasting mellows fennel's flavor, making it an excellent side to chicken, fish or meat. Fronds or leaves can be chopped and used as herbs in place of parsley or dill.
Here are a few fennel ideas to get you started:

  • Use as an easy side dish: Cut the entire vegetable into chunks. Toss with olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper. Add the white parts (the bulb) to a medium-hot grill or a skillet on the stove. When starting to get tender, add the green parts. Finish cooking until all is tender.
  • Try with a main course: Cut entire vegetable into small pieces, reserving the fronds. Add pieces to a foil packet with two pieces of cod, halibut or other white-fleshed fish. Drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and cook until the fish is tender and cooked through. Finely chop fronds and serve on top of fish.
  • Add to a dessert: Chop white parts into thin strips and sauté in a non-stick pan with 1/4-cup sugar until fennel is tender and sugar starts to caramelize. Serve over your favorite non-fat frozen yogurt or ice cream.

Fennel is easy to grow with other fresh herbs in the garden or even in a container.

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