Monthly Archives: June 2010

Fennel Fronds and Freckles on my Lettuce?

Yes!  In our shares this week, we are getting a lovely red speckled lettuce!  It’s not rust, so don’t throw it out!  I don’t remember the name of this lettuce, exactly, and I forgot to grab my newsletter, so you’ll just have to trust me on this – it’s supposed to look that way!

Speaking of newsletters, Jacquie and I got together this week, and she’s going to start sending me copies of the newsletters to put up on the blog each week.

So what else is in the share this week?  Well, lots of good yummy things, but one that I really look forward to is the FENNEL!

Fennel is completely edible, fronds, stalks and bulbs.  The white bulb part of the fennel has the most delicate, light anise flavor, and can be braised, grilled, baked, steamed, or eaten raw.

The green stalks of the fennel are sort of celery-like, very fibrous.  They can be used in soups and stews instead of celery, added to tomato sauce, or chopped up for a nice crunch in your salad.  The lacy fronds are a tasty addition to salads and can be used as a fresh herb similarly to dill.  The fronds have the strongest anise flavor of the whole fennel plant.

Some people are a bit intimidated by fennel because it smells like licorice… I know I was at first.  But after trying it a few times, I realized it’s very versatile, and does not taste as much like licorice as it smells.  It’s very mild.

Before cooking your fennel, trim the root end of the bulb.  The stalks should be trimmed about an inch above the bulb.  And, wrapped in plastic, your fennel should keep in the fridge for a couple of days.  You will want to use the fennel sooner if you like the anise flavor, as the flavor tends to fade, the longer it is stored.

One last random fennel fact: it was supposedly Thomas Jefferson’s favorite vegetable!

Do you have a favorite fennel recipe or tip to share??

posted by Anisa from the Schell Urban Homestead

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Garlic and Turnips and Peas – Oh My!

It’s here!  Our first share of the season!

I was so excited to open my bag to discover what goodies lay in store this week.  I know it’s still early in the season, so I was thrilled to see three heads of garlic, a big bag of spring peas, a head of lettuce and a bunch of turnips way down at the bottom.

Sometimes when I get my share home, things are a bit droopy or wilted.  But I know a great trick for perking them right back up.  Continue reading