Fennel is a deliciously unique plant. Both its bulb and its seeds are often used in cooking, yet have completely different tastes. While the bulb is actually a member of the carrot family, its flavor and aroma resemble that of licorice! The seeds, on the other hand, are often used in Italian cooking, such as sausages.
Just as both have different tastes, both have different nutritional contents. The bulb is a good source of fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamin C, while the seeds are a good source of omega 6 fatty acids and manganese. Therefore, to say fennel is a super food is an understatement!
Never tried fennel? Now is the time to change that. Fennel is at its seasonal peak in this part of the country in November. Therefore, it should be abundant, fresh, and affordable!
Colleen Forrest, RDN, LDN
Spectrum Health Services, Inc.