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Fennel - Why is it so expensive this year?

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The title says it all. I have been buying fennel/anise regularly for at least 15 years. The prices have skyrocketed in the past year or two. Any ideas?

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  1. Not sure why fennel specifically would be expensive. Produce in general has gone through the roof the past couple years, though. Hell, tomatoes alone have seen a 100% price increase since January of this year. Wrap your head around that.

      1. In the Seattle area prices for fennel haven't been bad. It depends on a lot on the store, but a couple of the stores that I frequent have have had it as low as 99c a pound. Prices did jump a month or so back when there was a big freeze in Mexico.

        1. What prices are we talking? The medium fennel bulb I bought last week was $4.50 but had to buy it for a cooking class I was teaching.

          1. Everything that doesn't grow in your area is expensive. This is due mainly to the increased fuel costs, but also to the fact that many agricultural areas (FL and CA, especially) experienced huge crop losses due to freezing conditions. I cannot wait for my first CSA box in June. I'm sick of paying high prices for mediocre produce.