IS A SWEET VEGETABLE TREAT
Fennel, or sweet anise, is a delicate vegetable
with white celery-like stems that are
totally sweet and savory, raw or cooked.
(On top are fragrant emerald fronds that look like dill,
but the white bottom "bulb" is the delicacy end.)
A simple salad of oranges, red onion and lemon
vinaigrette has more zing with crunchy chopped raw fennel.
And here's a great Braised Fennel recipe worth a try:
ø 1 fennel bulb (tops and base removed)
ø 1 yellow or red bell pepper
ø 2 tablespoons olive oil
ø 1/4-cup white wine
ø 1/4-cup water
ø 1 clove garlic, peeled & crushed
Cut fennel and bell pepper into 1/4-inch slices.
Heat oil in saucepan and saute fennel 5 minutes
until golden brown. Add bell pepper and garlic
for another 2 minutes. Add wine and water, and cover.
Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes until fennel
is fork tender. Remove cover and reduce liquid
for last few minutes.
(Now you're a fennel lover.)