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Lots of Fennel

bks1210 Jan 31, 2009 07:06 PM

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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    hankstramm RE: bks1210 Jan 31, 2009 07:37 PM

    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):


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

    1. kchurchill5 RE: bks1210 Jan 31, 2009 07:42 PM

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

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        cheesecake17 RE: bks1210 Jan 31, 2009 08:00 PM

        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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          kchurchill5 RE: cheesecake17 Jan 31, 2009 08:15 PM

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

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            Kelli2006 RE: kchurchill5 Feb 1, 2009 09:31 AM

            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.

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              kchurchill5 RE: Kelli2006 Feb 1, 2009 09:36 AM

              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

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                jayt90 RE: kchurchill5 Feb 1, 2009 09:41 AM

                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. mbfant RE: bks1210 Jan 31, 2009 09:02 PM

          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. erica RE: bks1210 Feb 1, 2009 07:19 AM

            It might be baby fennel:



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              kchurchill5 RE: erica Feb 1, 2009 09:14 AM

              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.

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