How to Buy, Store, and Cook With Fennel, In Season in October

September 30, 2015

Love the crunch of celery? Fennel is your new BFF. Fan of black licorice candy? Hello, fennel. Can’t get enough of dill garnishes? Yep, fennel, again. This vegetable is equally delicious eaten raw, as a crudité, simmered in soup, sautéed, or even braised. It has a strong anise-like scent and flavor, making it polarizing for some.

The portion of the fennel plant that we typically eat is actually a bulb that grows underground. Tall, green stalks shoot up from the dirt and are topped off with feathery fronds. The green stalks are too tough and fibrous to…