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Fennel Advice Needed!!!!

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Fennel Advice Needed!!!!

awiley | Sep 5, 2009 02:07 PM

OK, so I have a silly question....I am a complete fennel novice but thought I would try something new so I bought and planted fennel this past spring. Of course, I no longer have the little plant stake telling me the exact variety. And I've been waiting and waiting for it to produce those lovely fennel bulb things that one finds in the grocery store. No luck - beautiful feathery leaves and dill-type flowers but no bulb. I've pretty much determined that I have the herb fennel type vs. the vegetable fennel, so the question now is: how to use it? I've searched recipes online and while some call for fennel seed, and snipped fennel, others call for fennel stalks and bulb. Obviously, I don't have a bulb, but can I use the stalks? Any tried and true uses for this herb? It smells and tastes great, but since I was expecting a bulb, I'm at a loss. Usually I'm an adventurous cook and gardener but this one stumps me!! Any suggestions, recipes, etc would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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