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The bulb, foliage, seeds, and even pollen of the fennel plant are used in a variety of world cuisines, especially those of the Mediterranean variety. Fennel seeds are often dried and used as a powerful, anise-flavored spice; it's commonly seen in Italian sausage, Greek artichoke dishes, and numerous spice mixtures such as the Bengali panch phoron and Chinese five-spice powders. People in Pakistan and India even use the seeds as an after-meal digestive and breath freshener. And the crispy bulb can be sauteed, stewed, braised, grilled, or eaten raw.

Fennel Recipes

How do you use your fennel?

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