Another simple use of fennel is in a stir fry. It can also be braised and used as a base for salmon or trout. You can chargrill it and serve alongside other vegetables such as peppers and aubergine. Or one of my favourite uses of fennel is to turn it into a sorbet. Yes, you read that right. A sorbet! There is just the right amount of sweetness already in the fennel and sugar really brings out the aniseed flavor. It never ceases to amuse me when I watch people taste fennel sorbet and they struggle to determine where the flavour is from. If you have time to experiment with ice cream and sorbet then I would highly recommend it!
The good news is that Fennel is available year round in every supermarket, so there’s no excuse to not go and buy one to try if you haven't already. When you shop for fennel, you need to make sure that you select nice firm bulbs that show no signs of bruising. You may be able to find baby fennel which are much sweeter cooked than fennel but I don’t find as tasty eaten raw.
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