Foods by Color: Fennel

Fennel

Have you tried fennel? I’m relatively new to eating and cooking fennel but I love most things I’ve tried them in.  I especially love to caramelize fennel (with a dab of honey) and throw it on pizza. Fennel has a licorice-like flavor and is sometimes referred to as “sweet anise.” Fennel has a great crunch when eaten raw in salads and melts in your mouth when cooked.

Health Benefits

Fennel has some pretty unique health benefits.  It has been shown to eliminate colic in 65 percent of infants in a randomized, placebo controlled study without any side effects reported.  Fennel seed extract has also been shown to suppress the growth of certain tumors.   Fennel is known for its soothing effect on digestion and the ability to relieve gas and help with cramps.

Selection and Storage

Fennel is available year round but is best between Fall through early Spring.  When selecting fennel, choose firm, unblemished bulbs with bright green leaves.  To store, refrigerate in a plastic bag for up to five days.

Fennel Recipe Round-Up

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 fennel pomegranate saladFennel, Pomegranate and Arugula Salad from Tartlette

blackberry fennel pizzaBlackberry Fennel Pizza from Scaling Back

{Featured in the Spring 2013 Week 10 Meal Plan}

hot fennel cheese dipHot Fennel Cheese Dip from Better Homes and Garden

fennel and celery soupFennel and Celery Root Soup from Big Girls Small Kitchen

baked rigatoni with fennel sausage pepperonataBaked Rigatoni with Fennel and Sausage Pepperonata from Williams Sanoma

roasted fennel squash thyme pizzaRoasted Fennel, Thyme and Squash Pizza from In Pursuit of More

scalloped potatoes with caramlized fennelScalloped Potatoes with Caramelized Fennel from Bon Apetit

{Featured in the Fall 2013 Week 7 Meal Plan}

fennel proscuittio pomegranate saladFennel, Prosciutto and Pomegranate Salad from Smitten Kitchen

fontina fennel onion pizzaFontina, Fennel and Onion Pizza from Martha Stewart

caramelized fennel and apple tartCaramelized Fennel and Apple Tart from Foxes Love Lemons

harvest vegetable soup with fennelHarvest Vegetable Soup from Taste Food Blog

{featured in the Top 10 Winter Squash Soup Round Up}

pear and fennel saladPear and Fennel Salad from Love and Lemons

caramelized fennel pizzaCaramelized Fennel and Onion Pizza from Love and Olive Oil

{Featured in the Winter 2013 Week 6 Meal Plan}

blood orange and fennel saladBlood Orange and Fennel Salad from Kiran Tarun

Eat more Fennel!

{Sources: 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth by Jonny Bowden Photo Source: Seedslt on Etsy }

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Comments

  1. Great roundup! Thanks so much for featuring my Fennel & Apple Tart 🙂

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