Monday, April 27, 2009

What the hell is fennel and what do you do with it?

I am kinda hoping some of you out there can help me. I planted fennel. I don't even know if I like fennel. You see I get all excited when I watch T.V., and one night I was watching planet green and "Emeril Green" and he was all excited about using fresh fennel, I don't remember why or what he did with it. Which brings me to my other quandary- Chinese Cabbage. I didn't know before that cabbage had nationalities. How is this different than good old sauerkraut cabbage? Anyone know? And am I only only one who see's a vegetable like fennel and thinks "I need to grow that in my garden- it looks like an onion on acid?"


6 comments:

Beany said...

Even if you never eat it...it smells heavenly!

Last week I added it to a stir fry. So yummy. I've seen recipes to eat it raw in a salad with nuts too.

crstn85 said...

Fennel is common in Italian dishes (where you might see it called finocchio, which I had never seen written, my dad pronounces it fin-ook). It's great raw, we eat it raw as an appetizer for holidays. Recently we discovered it could be roasted, which is amazing. Thanks Barefoot Contessa: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Roast-Loin-of-Pork-with-Fennel-105104

Fleecenik Farm said...

In the fall I saute fennel with butter garlic and apple as a veggie side dish...YUm Ym...

Melinda said...

Mmmm fennel. We slice it and roast it with other vegetables. It's my favorite part of a roasted vegetable meal! And as Beany said, it smells heavenly in the garden.

Rosa said...

I love fennel and it consistently fails to grow in my garden. Last year I grew a lot of chive-sized fennel, which was yummy but not really worth the effort.

I like mushroom/fennel/sage/wild rice casserole. With or without ground buffalo meat.

Jennifer said...

Fennel is awesome roasted with other veggies.