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Fennel - Why is it so expensive this year?

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beanodc Apr 13, 2011 02:36 PM

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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    jrock645 Apr 13, 2011 08:57 PM

    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. goodhealthgourmet Apr 13, 2011 09:20 PM

      it's not just fennel, it's EVERYTHING.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/759571
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/765396
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/771397
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/757591
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/771330
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/706318
      http://www.google.com/search?q=rising...

      i almost screamed the other day when i saw that the price of a small bunch of black kale had gone up to $3 at my local Co-op.

      1. paulj Apr 14, 2011 07:34 PM

        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. chefathome Apr 16, 2011 09:11 AM

          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.

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            Isolda Apr 16, 2011 09:29 AM

            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.

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