Yesterday I harvested my only fennel plant. It had a thick tap root
that looked like parsnip or horseradish. I left it outside because
there was a lot of soil clinging to the fine roots. Thinking I'll
clean it later and try cooking it. This morning I found it mostly
eaten by either raccoons or rabbits.
Anyone here know if it's good as human food or is it just good for
You wrote on 5 Dec 2006 06:36:13 -0800:
J> Yesterday I harvested my only fennel plant. It had a thick
J> tap root that looked like parsnip or horseradish. I left it
J> outside because there was a lot of soil clinging to the fine
J> roots. Thinking I'll clean it later and try cooking it.
J> This morning I found it mostly eaten by either raccoons or
J> Anyone here know if it's good as human food or is it just
J> good for animal feed?
The rabbits or whatever were right! Try Googling for braised
fennel. There are lots of good recipes.
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The bulb is edible and there is a variety of fennel that makes a big
bulb. Never tried to eat the root of ordinary fennel, just use the tops
for culinary use. Any decent seed catalog will have bulbing fennel in
it. But, be warned, it's a taste that takes some getting used to, sort
of like licorice. Both types of fennel grow easily in my USDA Zone 9b
There are two kinds of fenel, one is grown for its bulb (Sweet Florence
or Finuccio), the other for it's seeds (common fennel)... which did you
grow... and why just one, fennel is extremely prolific, and common
fennel is very invasive. The one grown for it's bulb does have kind of
a thick root but it is kind of spongey and not very palatable... I
suppose animals that subsist on roots and tubers (wood chucks, voles,
etc.) will eat it, probably deer as well. If you allow common fennel
to go to seed you will never get rid of it, and it will take over so
that nothing else can grow, your neighbors will try to kill you.
I have eaten several taproots, typically peeled, raw cut into sticks,
with olive oil dressing. To this day I eat radicchio and cardoon roots,
both of them pretty good, with a root smell which is somewhat like
licorice and which I find pleasant. I have never tried fennel but my
guess is it will be the same.
A local Italian restaurant makes an excellent "white salad":
- shaved fennel root
- hearts of palm
- shredded mozzarella cheese (just a little bit)
- a light dressing of quality extra virgin olive oil.
(If you're curious, the restaurant is Divine Follie in Greenpoint, Brooklyn,
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