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Jan 6, 2009 04:59 PM

looking for cheap fennel in nova

i'm on a fennel kick, but harris teeter and safeway's prices are a little steep. any recs on good places to get fennel cheaply in arlington, or nearby in nova? thanks, my pizza and my salmon with fettuccine will be happier!

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  1. Not sure how cheap Penzey's is, but I think they have the freshest spices around - they are certainly VERY comparable to spices you will find at the grocery store. In many cases, they are cheaper and the spices are so much more flavorful and fresh.

    They have a store in Falls Church - below is a link their page on Fennel:

    Penzeys Spice
    513 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA

    1. I have never seen inexpensive fennel. Always seems to be at least $2 or above.
      Maybe you could check the case price from a wholesaler and just pig out. It keeps pretty well in the crisper in the fridge.

      Try potatoes and fennel au gratin. Extra special with some bleu cheese crumbled into it.
      Terrific with fish too. Makes a wonderful fish stew with a light tomato broth.

      I love the stuff. Could eat it every day.

      1. If its fresh fennel try the large Asian/Latino stores: Super H, Grand Mart etc. It will be less than at whole paycheck or HT and just as good. But it won't be exactly cheap.

        1. fresh fennel is my quest. i'll check the ethnic markets.... <btw, freezing does not seem good for me...>

          4 Replies
          1. re: alkapal

            No cooked or raw fennel does not like the freezer.

            1. re: deangold

              it's great with steamed mussels too.

              1. re: foodslut

                I like to steam it, chop & mix it with good ricotta and a couple of eggs, add the chopped raw fronds, put it in a buttered casserole and top with lots of grana or parmesan,. Bake it till bubbly, about 45 minutes. good with nutmeg or allspice added too!

                1. re: foodslut

                  gee, I thought I was only one to put fennel in my moules. Something I learned in Normandy. Steamed with cream fennel and if no fresh fennel a splash of Pernod. I'd like some with frites for breakfast!

            2. you all need to see my fennel thread:
              please give me recipe ideas there!