How to choose
: Look for fennel with fresh-looking greens on long branches. (As the fennel sits, the greens wilt and grocery managers trim them.) The bulbs should be bright white with no discolorations or soft spots.
- A member of the Carrot Family,
- Though the stalks and leaves are edible, fennel recipes most often call for the bulb. When raw, it has a crisp texture similar to celery and a fresh licorice flavor. It caramelizes as it cooks, taking on a sweeter flavor and tender, melt-in-your mouth texture.
- Recipes most often call for the bulb, but don’t toss those tops! Finely mince the fronds to use as an aromatic garnish for salads, soups, pasta, and more.
- STORING : The most ideal and popular method of storing fennel is in the refrigerator. Although refrigerating it may seem like an easy option, if not done properly, fennel can easily become soft and acquire brown spots. Loosely wrap the fennel in a plastic bag and then place it in the vegetable drawer.