Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a flowering plant species in the carrot family. It is a hardy, perennial herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves. It is indigenous to the shores of the Mediterranean but has become widely naturalized in many parts of the world, especially on dry soils near the sea-coast and on riverbanks.
It is a highly aromatic and flavorful herb used in cookery and, along with the similar-tasting anise, is one of the primary ingredients of absinthe. Florence fennel or finocchio (UK: , US: , Italian: [fiˈnɔkkjo]) is a selection with a swollen, bulb-like stem base that is used as a vegetable.
Fennel is used as a food plant by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including in its native range the mouse moth and the Old-World swallowtail. Where it has been introduced in North America it may be used by the anise swallowtail.

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  1. murphyscreek

    Recipe & Video Macadamia and Roasted Fennel Seed Crusted Pork

    Recipe Ingredients 2 x 150gms pork fillet 1 cup macadamia nuts 1 tsp fennel seeds - toasted and partially ground 1 tbsp fresh sage leaves 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese salt and pepper rice flour for coating 2 eggs whisked Pound out and flatten pork fillets to desired thickness. Process...
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    Italian Pork Fennel Sausage in Tomato Sauce.jpg

  3. MypinchofItaly

    Recipe Italian Pork Fennel Sausage in Tomato Sauce

    Serves 4, Preparation 10 mins, Cooking approx 45 min 6 Italian Fennel pork sausages Tinned Peeled Plum Tomatoes, 800 g a teaspoon of Tomato puree/paste in tube 1 onion, sliced 1 bay leaf 3-4 basil leaves Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 3 tablespoons Salt and Black Ground Pepper, a pinch A little of...
  4. TastyReuben

    Recipe Tuscan-Style Spareribs W/ Balsamic Glaze

    TUSCAN-STYLE SPARERIBS W/ BALSAMIC GLAZE Serves 6 Ingredients 2 TB EVOO 2 TB chopped rosemary 1-1/2 TB kosher salt 1-1/2 TB fennel seeds 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 tsp chopped sage 2 tsp chopped thyme 2 tsp sweet paprika 1 tsp crushed red pepper 1 tsp ground coriander 1/2 tsp ground...
  5. Mountain Cat

    Recipe Seafood Salad with Soft-Shelled Crab, Shrimp, Quinoa, and Fennel

    Soft shelled crabs are a seasonal delight on the east coast of the US. They're not cheap, but I can only find them mid spring in these parts. They are Maryland blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus), found in Chesapeake Bay and environs - and they, like all crabs, shed their hard shells annually so...
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    Fennel, Onion and Celery Soup.jpeg

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    Fennel, Onion and Celery Soup.jpeg

  8. medtran49

    Recipe Orecchiette in a soubise sauce with bacon

    It's not a traditional soubise since it uses bacon grease instead of butter, but it came out really good. Serves 2 generously 4 slices thick cut bacon 1/2 pound scallions, spring onions or leeks 1/2 pound fennel bulb plus fronds for garnish 1/2 cup white wine 1/8 tsp baking soda 1/2 cup heavy...
  9. TastyReuben

    Recipe Braised Pork With Cherry Gravy

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  10. Hemulen

    Recipe Mussels in Fennel Cream

    Mussels in Fennel Cream Serves 2 | Preparation and cooking time 45 min – 1 hour Ingredients 20-30 g (3 tablespoons) salted butter 1 large fennel bulb (~200 -250 g) 1-2 yellow onions (~200 – 250 g) 6-8 teaspoons sliced/crushed garlic 1 teaspoon cumin/jeera 1 teaspoon white peppercorns...
  11. Mountain Cat

    Recipe Poached Fennel, Apple, Juniper Mahi Mahi

    re. Serves 3. Poached Fennel, Apple, and Juniper Mahi-Mahi About a pound (450 grams) of mahi-mahi fillet, or any other firm white-fleshed fish. Leave skin on, if it comes that way. 1-2 ounces / 30-55 grams dried juniper berries. 1/4 cup / 60 mL gin. About 6 ounces / 170 grams...
  12. murphyscreek

    Recipe & Video Juniper, Sage, and Fennel Goat Stew

    Very simple but tasted yum. Ingredients: 1kg goat meat (bone on) chunks 1 large onion chopped 1 carrot sliced 2 stalks celery sliced 1/2 fennel bulb sliced 4 cloves garlic squashed 2 tbsp tomato paste 1 large handful sage leaves 10 dried juniper berries ground with a little salt 1 cup red...
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  14. TastyReuben

    Recipe Broiled Polenta With Fennel Seeds

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  15. medtran49

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    The final result, a fresh salad with roasted chickpeas and almonds, celery stalk, fennel seeds, pepper and Evoo oil
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