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Hi, I recently came upon a few bunches of, what I think, is fennel at the farmer's market. We bought it, because we figured we would find SOMETHING to do with it. It looks like fennel, but without the bulb at the bottom. It only has the feathery green leaves.

Does anyone know what this is? Or what to do with it?

By the way, I have A LOT. As in, 4 bunches of this stuff. Any ideas what to do?

thanks =]

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  1. Braised fennel is awesome. The recipe I'm linking, is similar to what I make ( I used a few anchovies and no butter, but olive oil):

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sa...

    Also, fennel is an ingredient I use in fish fumet (stock) and in making Bourride Provencal

    1. No bulb ... probably not fennel, but not sure. Only leaves? not sure.

      1. roast it with olive oil, salt and pepper.. or just cut it up and use it for dips instead of chips

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        1. re: cheesecake17

          but there is no bulb, roast the leaves? I'm wondering if it is fennel.

          1. re: kchurchill5

            It is probably baby fennel or maybe the fennel herb. The stanks can be used in the same name as the fennel bulb. I learned this by accident last summer when I bought 6 fennel plants that were marked as Florance fennel but were actually the herb.

            1. re: Kelli2006

              My fennel herb looks difference, but I have seen the small fennel before, probably just never looked closer but I am sure I have or just thought it was something else and never thought it was fennel.

              Thanks for the lesson. Always learning something

              1. re: kchurchill5

                My herb seed supplier (Richter's) has three types of fennel, but only Florence fennel is described as producing a bulb. http://www.richters.com/Web_store/web...
                I want to try growing fennel pollen and I'm wondering which type has the most pollen production.

        2. Does it smell like fennel? The feathery green tops of fennel bulbs can be used in pasta con le sarde. Marcella Hazan has a good recipe somewhere.

          1. It might be baby fennel:

            http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3025/2...

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/432708

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            1. re: erica

              Very good point. Honestly I never have seen it. heard of it. I'm sure I have come across it but never really looked at it.