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Fennel in Baltimore?

TKinBaltimore Feb 21, 2007 08:19 PM

We've been looking for a grocer that has fresh fennel. Does Wegman's stock it? Seems like the Food Network and many foodie magazines have really embraced fennel in the past few years and yet, the availability here in Balt seems to be limited.

Would prefer not to have to go to the western suburbs, but any suggestions are fine.

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    Raokay Feb 21, 2007 08:28 PM

    Try the fresh produce guys at Cross Street Market. Great selection... though you may have to ask for it because not everything is on display.

    1. Quine Feb 21, 2007 08:34 PM

      Fennel is a pretty commonly stocked produce item. I would be very surprised if it was not so in Baltimore. Google it and get a good ID pic of it..maybe you are just not sure what it is when you see it.

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        hon Feb 22, 2007 04:54 AM

        The Superfresh on 41st Street has it.

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          TKinBaltimore Feb 22, 2007 05:56 AM

          Odd, we were at that SuperFresh last weekend and saw no sign of it. Maybe they were just out.

          1. re: TKinBaltimore
            hon Feb 22, 2007 06:20 AM

            They usually always have it. The Whole Foods in Mt. Washington has it too.

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              TKinBaltimore Feb 22, 2007 06:21 AM

              Excellent. Thanks so much for your assistance.

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          jmasek Feb 22, 2007 05:54 AM

          Whole Foods downtown has fresh fennel

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            venera Feb 22, 2007 06:47 AM

            I've gotten fresh fennel at the Safeway in Charles Village, the Safeway in Canton, and also at the WholeFoods in that pocket between Canton, Little Italy, and the Harbor.

            Good stuff! Love roasting it with some EVOO, salt, pepper, and a little Parmiggano-Reggiano. On high, so that it gets a little caramelized and crisp. Hubba hubba!

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              sweetpotater Feb 22, 2007 07:31 AM

              They have it at H Mart (Han ahn Reum or however you spell it) in Catonsville. I have not had luck finding it at Cross Street.

              1. davefaris Feb 22, 2007 07:36 AM

                I have a recipe for salmon chowder that uses a lot of fresh chopped fennel, and I make it about once ever 2 weeks or so in the winter time. I've found that the fennel from Whole Foods tends to have a more intense and better flavor than even the organic fennel sold at Harris Teeter, for whatever that's worth.

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                  dannyc Feb 22, 2007 07:41 AM

                  I use fennel a lot and never have trouble finding it, even at the Canton Safeway and Shoppers on Eastern avenue. Be aware though that it is sometimes mislabeled as "anice". Whole Foods will always have it in stock.

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                    tartuffe Feb 23, 2007 08:04 AM

                    Eddie's in Roland Park usually carries fennel.

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                      Tugboat Feb 23, 2007 08:14 AM

                      Go to the Shopper's On Eastern Ave

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                        dag44 Feb 23, 2007 01:25 PM

                        Wegman's has it nearly all the time, as does Graul's. Even some Giants should carry it. Depends on where you shop. And Planet Produce in Belvedere Market. I'm in Cross St. Market 3-4 times/wk and have never seen fennel at either produce stall.

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                          MacArthur Mike Feb 24, 2007 06:11 AM

                          Whole Foods Mt. Washington has been out of it for about a week now, going on yesterday. I asked and they said that it has been unavailable for them.

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                            TKinBaltimore Feb 24, 2007 12:13 PM

                            The "labeled as anise" thing seems to have been most of the problem for us. We easily found it this weekend at Giant. SuperFresh had a sign for it but it appeared to be out of stock. Thanks for all the tips.

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