How To Cook Fennel

The vegetable fennel is a relation to carrots, dill, and coriander yet it tastes a little like liquorice. Fennel has a wide rand of culinary uses it can be eaten raw, boiled, braised and much more. It is used it traditional forms of healing both in Europe and further afield, and even in the preparation of alcohol. By rights the form of fennel that we eat as a vegetable is known as Florence Fennel however fennel seeds, leaves and flowers are also edible.

In some parts of the world the edible bulb is known simply as fennel but is more properly called finocchio (its Italian name) but you may find it called anise in some parts, although anise is something quite different.

If you roast it with a little oil there will be a delicious caramelisation but the fullest flavour comes from slow cooking in a covered heavy based saucepan. By reputation fennel is excellent at lowering cholesterol and improving eyesight. We haven't seen much evidence to support this so we'd welcome some feedback on this subject if you can point us in the direction of more details. If you enjoy this dish you may also like a range of other healthy low fat recipes.

How To Cook Fennel

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Fennel Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

Use as a main course for a vegetarian meal or as a side dish to roast chicken or fish. Use 1 bulb per person as a main course half as a side dish.

Fennel Receipt Ingredients: Serves 2 to 4 people

4 medium sized fennel bulbs (or two large)
large knob of butter
250ml of vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Trim the fennel and cut into quarters.
  2. Heat the butter in a large heavy based pan, introduce the fennel quarters and and ensure they are all buttery.
  3. Add the stock, bring to the boil, then lower to a simmer, add salt and pepper, cover for thirty minutes.

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