Share this post

In 450 B.C., legend has it that Pheidippides ran from Marathon (Greek for “place of fennel”) to Athens to relay the message that the Persians had been defeated. Fennel remains a symbol of strength. All parts of this flavorful herb are good to eat. The bulb is crunchy like celery and has a slight anise-like, or licorice flavor; the seeds (often confused with anise) are used in savory foods; and the delicate leaves are great in salads or tucked behind your ear for luck in your next foot race!

Uses for Fresh Fennel
Fennel is delicious cooked or raw. The bulb is most commonly used (after removing any tough or scarred outer layers), but the stalks can be added to soup stocks, and the fronds can be used like any fresh herb. Raw, try “shaving” the bulb into all types of salads using a mandoline or vegetable peeler, or add shaved fennel to soups or stir-fries. Fennel can be thinly sliced, sautéed and added to pasta or risotto, or cut into wedges, lightly coated in olive oil, and roasted at 400 °F until caramelized.

Prepare: Cut off branches and trim the hard bottom of the bulb—shave, julienne, or chop bulb. Trim fronds and use whole or chop fine.

Storage: Refrigerate in a plastic bag. Will keep for 5–7 days. Wash before use.


Subscribe to the WEEKLY BITE

* indicates required


Recent Food articles:

Two Easy Recipes for Canning Stone Fruit
June 25, 2019
The health benefits of honeydew melon
June 20, 2019
The delicate flavors of white peaches and nectarines
June 13, 2019
Onions, garlic, and leeks provide many nutritional benefits
May 30, 2019
History of the tomato
April 18, 2019
How to prepare Ataulfo mango
April 4, 2019
Making the most of citrus season
February 14, 2019
Three hearty soup recipes you can enjoy all month
February 4, 2019
Tempting winter fruits to brighten your weekly mix
January 31, 2019
Easy meal prep recipes you can eat all week
January 7, 2019

More recent articles:

Summer muffin recipe
July 18, 2019
Assumptions can harm both recruiters and job seekers
July 16, 2019
Simple summer salad dressing recipes
July 11, 2019
Summer fruit varieties and when you’ll be seeing them
July 9, 2019
Easy summer pasta recipe
July 4, 2019
How to create a dress code that works all year
July 2, 2019
More employers are getting serious about time off
June 27, 2019
Don’t let plantar fasciitis pain break your stride
June 11, 2019
How to make stone fruit jams and butters
June 6, 2019
Listen and learn something new about work life—wherever you are
June 4, 2019

About Us

Our online magazine offers a taste of workplace culture, trends, and healthy living. It features recipes for easy, delicious work meals and tips on quick office workouts. It's also an opportunity to learn about our GoodWorks program, which helps those in need in our communities and supports small, sustainable farms.