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The Art of Using Fennel

The Art of Using Fennel©

By Arlene Wright-Correll




This week’s email question asks, “Can you tell me a little about fennel seeds and cooking with it?”

Yes, I can.   It is a highly aromatic and flavorful herb with not only culinary uses, but medicinal uses also and along with the similar-tasting anise, is one of the primary ingredients of absinthe. Florence fennel or finocchio is a selection with a swollen, bulb-like stem base that is used as a vegetable. I love grilling this.  Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a flowering plant species in the celery family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae.

Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare, is a perennial herb that is easy to grow in most zones and especially in our zone 6. It is erect, glaucous green, and grows to heights of up to 2.5 m, with hollow stems. The leaves grow up to 40 cm long; they are finely dissected, with the ultimate segments filiform (threadlike), about 0.5 mm wide. (Its leaves are similar to those of dill, but thinner.) The flowers are produced in terminal compound umbels 5–15 cm wide, each umbel section having 20–50 tiny yellow flowers on short pedicels. The fruit is a dry seed from 4–10 mm long, half as wide or less, and grooved and should be stored in a dark cook place.

One of my favorite recipes is Stewed Sweet Sausages in Fennel-Tomato Sauce and was created by Chef April Bloomfield. This recipe brings back many childhood recipes of living in Brooklyn and on Long Island, New York.



Ingredients:
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
12 sweet Italian sausages (4 1/2 pounds)
3 fennel bulbs—trimmed, each bulb cut into 8 wedges, fronds chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
Kosher salt
One 28-ounce can San Marzano whole tomatoes, crushed with your hands, juices reserved
1 cup dry white wine
3 pequin chilies or 2chiles de árbol
Creamy polenta, for serving

Directions:
In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the olive oil. Add half of the sausages and cook over moderate heat, turning, until browned all over, 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate; repeat with the remaining sausages.

Add the fennel wedges to the casserole and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, fennel seeds and 1 teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring, until the fennel is lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their juices, the wine and chilies. Tuck the sausages into the sauce. Cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes. Uncover and simmer until the sausages are cooked through and the sauce is thickened, about 45 minutes longer. Garnish the stew with fennel fronds and serve over polenta.

We always serve it over pasta, but you can serve it over anything you want such as rice, orzo or whatever.



May the Creative Force be with you!

Arlene Wright-Correll

 
 

Heirloom Fennel Vegetable Seeds for sale in limited quantities so buy today

Fennel Vegetable Seeds

 Our Home Farm Herbery Fennel Seeds are 100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO and

Produce very flavorful large bulbs and edible flower buds which are excellent for seasonings and for cooking as a vegetable.  We love to roast them on the grill basted with Olive Oil and sprinkled with our Herbes de Provence or Italian Seasoning Blend.

The plant grows to approximately 30" tall and is easy, really very easy to grow.

Fennel has a long history of herbal use and is a commonly used household remedy, being useful in the treatment of a variety of complaints, especially those of the digestive system.
There are many health benefits associated with this plant.

Day to Maturity | 80 days

When you sow this package of seeds you are taking part in the preservation of healing plants worldwide. 

Buy today as we only have 5 packages available this season.

Sampler package of 100 seeds $6.99 and each order comes with free shipping and a free complimentary herb or herb blend of our choice.

We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Buy today as we only have 5 packages available this season.

 
 
 

Fennel Seeds Organic are one of the most interesting herbs to cook with.


Fennel Seeds Organic

 


At Home Farm Herbery we love Fennel and once we have had our fill we let it go to seed and we can then share this organic, heirloom Culinary Fennel Seed with our customers.

Fennel Seed is also known as: Common Fennel or Sweet Cumin and our Fennel Seed is similar to Anise Seed with a sweet and delicate taste and aroma.

Ingredients: Fennel Seeds
We use it on fish, in sausage, liquors, baking, breads and cakes and it is a great substitute for Flax Seed, Fennel Powder, Fennel Pollen, Anise Seed, Cumin, Dill Weed, Caraway Seeds, Mahlab Seeds Whole or Fennel Seed Powder

Did you know that Fennel seed is supposed to function as an effective insect repellent in certain forms?

1 oz. Sampler resealable bag $5.95

4 oz. resealable package is $8.95

8 oz. resealable package is $15.98

16 oz. resealable package is $31.95

All orders come with free shipping within the continental US plus a free, complimentary herb or herb blend of our choice.

We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


 

Fennel Powder Organic is a must in every good cook's pantry

Fennel Powder Organic
 
At Home Farm Herbery we love Fennel and we have been able to create an Organic Fennel Powder that has a taste and aroma that is similar to the sweet and delicacy of Anise Seed.
Fennel Powder is also known as Fennel Seed Ground, Common Fennel or Sweet Cumin Ingredients: Fennel Powder We use it on fish, in our sausage blends, liquors, baking, breads and cakes. It is a fine substitute for  Fennel Powder, Fennel Pollen, Caraway Powder, Anise Seed, Cumin, Dill Weed, Mahlab Powder Whole or Caraway Powder Like Fennel Seed,  Fennel powder is supposed to function as an effective insect repellent in certain forms.
1 oz. Sampler resealable bag $4.95
4 oz. resealable package is $8.95
 8 oz. resealable package is $15.98
16 oz. resealable package is $29.95
All orders come with free shipping within the continental US plus a free, complimentary herb or herb blend of our choice.
We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
 
 
 
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