Sunday, January 29, 2012

what does a fennel bulb look like?



As I was typing up a recipe for (this fabulous) fennel-orange salad it occurred to me that some might ask what a fennel bulb looks like? It's easy to get your bulbs confused, particularly if you have an antsy toddler in the shopping cart "helping". So, without further adieu... here is what you're looking for when a recipe calls for a "fennel bulb" or "fresh fennel". Fennel appears in many Mediterranean recipes. It is crunchy, a little bit sweet, and has a mild anise flavor. It's showcased in one of my favorite lentil salads, I have roasted it alongside root veggies and if I have it on hand, I love to add it to my bouillabaisse. Most of the recipes I feature fennel in just use the white bulb part.

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