Wednesday, June 26, 2013
This is the first time I have grown fennel. As a matter of fact until a couple of years ago I didn't even know I liked fennel.
My first experience with fennel was when my neighbors were growing it and gave me some. I had no idea what to do with it. It smelled like licorice and I really detest licorice and I couldn't get past the smell so into the compost pile it went. Then after I joined my current CSA I started getting fennel in my box - not knowing what to do with it - it either ended up in the compost or the swap box.
As money has gotten tighter I became determined to not waste any CSA veggie and I started experimenting with fennel and fell in love. It got to the point that every week last year that there wasn't fennel in my box I was disappointed - so this year I decided to grow some - between the CSA and my garden I hope my desire for fennel is satiated.
I make a mean chicken garbanzo soup with fennel. I also like it just sauteed up with other fresh veggies (or by itself) with a little onion and garlic. Yum.
Fennel is a really healthy vegetable. It is high in vitamin C and fiber as well as some wonderful antioxidants.
Fennel is easy to grow.
Are there any other fennel lovers out there? Do you have any good recipes to share?