Fennel

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][ctitle title=”Fennel” color=”#6d1812″ background=”#fff”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_toggle title=”Prep and Storage” open=”true” color=”green”]Wash, then trim off the green tops (they can be used as a garnish).
Slice off the shoots and root and peel off the tougher outer layer (if the bulb is particularly young and tender you can leave this layer on).

Fresh cut fennel should be wrapped in damp kitchen paper, placed in a perforated bag and stored in the fridge. The green tops will last for three days and the bulb can last for about a week in fridge. Wrap green tops in damp towel and store in plastic bag.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Culinary Tips” open=”true” color=”green”]Fennel can be baked, steamed, or sautéed with excellent results.
Try cutting fennel into quarters, drizzle with olive oil, and bake until tender, about 35 minutes.
Try a sauté of fennel, zucchini, tomatoes, sweet bell pepper, thyme, and a dash of salt and pepper.
Steam fennel and chill it along with the other vegetables; dress with a spoonful of lemon juice, olive oil, chopped chives or green onion, and salt and pepper.
Cut raw fennel into slices and use for dipping. To enjoy natural flavor, try dipping slices into a small bowl of extra-virgin olive oil seasoned with salt and pepper.
Use feathery leaves as a fresh herb for seasoning. Try using it in place of dill. Fennel is excellent on baked or broiled fish with butter and lemon.
Italians use fennel as part of an antipasto platter or for dessert along with a soft goat cheese.
Add to soups, pureed or chopped.
Slices can be sautéed first to intensify flavors.[/vc_toggle][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_toggle title=”Preserving” open=”true” color=”green”]Check out these fennel stem pickles and lemon and fennel pickles. Fennel Lemon Pickles Fennel fronds(the green ferny leaf) can be chopped and frozen in ice-cube trays to use well past fennel season. Dry fronds in a cool dark place and use in your favorite tea mix.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Favorite Recipes” open=”true” color=”green”]Carrots, Fennel & Sage – Roasted Veggies!
Shaved Fennel Salad Recipe[/vc_toggle][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_widget_sidebar sidebar_id=”sidebar-7″][/vc_column][/vc_row]