Before storing, cut the stalks off, wrap the stalks separately from the bulb in plastic bags, and store in the crisper section of the fridge. Fennel should keep for 3-4 days, but it is best to use it as soon as possible.

Ideas For Using Fennel

  • Sprinkle chopped fennel leaves on hot baked oysters or clams.
  • Add cooked fennel to omelets, quiches, stuffings or sauces.
  • Add stalks to stocks for their flavor.
  • Add sliced sautéed fennel to fish chowders.
  • Cook fennel in your favorite tomato sauce.
  • Slice steamed or blanched fennel, cover with a vinaigrette and serve chilled.
  • Chop raw fennel and add to tuna fish sandwiches.
  • Slice fennel thin and layer with raw potatoes, cream and cheese to make a potato au gratin.
  • Excerpted from The Victory Garden Cookbook.

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