Fennel is a flowering plant species that is a member of the carrot family, though it isn’t a root vegetable. It has a rounded white bulb at the base and gently curved stalks that are covered with fern-like leaves.
Growing and harvesting
Fennel is grown by our partners in the Werribee South region, which happens to be the major Fennel producing region in Australia. The climate and soil in Werribee are perfect for growing this vegetable. Fennel is hand harvested and packed in field, then delivered to our facility for cooling and dispatch.
When buying Fennel, look for crisp white bulbs that are firm, uncracked, and free of brown spots or signs of dryness. The stalks should be smooth, tightly packed and have bright, fresh-looking fronds.
Although the texture of Fennel and celery is similar, Fennel is much more delicate. Store it in an airtight bag in the fridge, sprinkling it with water to keep it fresh. Fennel is best eaten fresh, as it can lose its flavour as it ages.
Fennel has a mild anise or liquorice flavour. Sautéed, fried, steamed, roasted, or braised, Fennel is flavoursome and versatile. The bulb can be baked or eaten raw, and the leaves can be chopped and used in salads, dressings, or marinades.
Fennel is low in calories, and is a source of folate, potassium and vitamin C.
Try it now
Try this super simple Roasted Fennel recipe as a side with a roast dinner.