June 18th, 2014

Fennel

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Fennel is a wide white bulb with long green stems and fronds coming out of the top.  In your CSA Share the fennel will usually have some stems and fronds attached.  The feathery fennel fronds can be used as herbs in cooking, they pair well with chicken, fish, and salads.  The stems are not edible, but the white bulb is versatile and delicious.  Fennel can be prepared raw or cooked, and can be used in place of celery for a completely different taste.


Storage

Cut the stalks off of the fennel, store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a week.  You can save the  fronds in a cup of water to use as an herb.


Preparation

Check out our post on chopping fennel.  Trim off any bad spots, or remove outer layer if necessary.  Slice in half lengthwise, then slice thin or dice.  Fennel can grated or shaved into salads, or grilled, braised, or roasted.  Pair well with lamb and pork.


Recipes

Beef Borscht

Roasted Red Pepper & Fennel Slaw

Fennel Pepper Slaw with Buttermilk Dressing

Lemon Fennel Slaw

Simple Marinara Sauce

How to Use all the Fennel in Your CSA Share

Grilled Sausage & Fennel Pepper Slaw with Buttermilk Dressing

Carrot Hot Dogs & Fennel Pepper Slaw with Buttermilk Dressing

Spicy Radicchio & Fennel Pizza

Roasted Orange Fennel Salad

Fennel & Apple Braised Pork Chops

Apple Cider Braised Fennel & Kale

Broccoli Fennel Salad

Fennel & Dill Salad

Braised Fennel Pasta

Braised Fennel with Artichokes & Heirloom Lima Beans

Fennel Farro Salad

Roasted Fennel with Sausage

Green Bean and Fennel Salad

Creamy Beet and Fennel Soup

Grass Fed Lamb with Fennel Relish

How to Chop a Fennel Bulb

Getting Started with the Fennel in Your CSA Share


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