Fennel – Finocchio

April 15th, 2012 / Comments 2

Wild fennel, more than six feet tall, grows in the Sicilian countryside. In Greek mythology, Prometheus used a stock of fennel to steal fire from the gods.  The fennel in the market is a refined cousin of the wild fennel.

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The inflated  base of the fennel stalks is sweet, crisp and has a mild anise flavor.

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Fennel is served both cooked and raw. The feathery fronds add flavor to poached fish.

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Sliced fennel combined with blood oranges, extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt is my favorite way to serve it.

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These pieces of fennel look like the  extinct, fennel antelope.

(The Greeks have mythological beasts, why can’t I?)

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