A long cherished favorite in European bistro cuisine, Fennel is best raised as a seedling in a well-ventilated, well-lit spot and transplanted into a sunny, well-draining spot in the garden after the last frost date (with as little root disturbance as possible). Harvest is a snap~when the ‘bulb’ is 3” to 5” high, cut it off at the base; it may even resprout. Its ‘bulb’, not really a bulb at all but composite, thickened stalks, and foliage are all readily incorporated into a myriad of crisp-raw salads, crudities, potato mashes, soups, pasta dishes and savory gratins paired with ham and potatoes.
Average seed life: 2 years
#2992 Romy Fennel: 75-85 days|
This hefty chef-loved Italian heirloom has large white globe-shaped
weighing in at 12 to 14 ounces. Because its wrapper leaves are less tough
fibrous than other varieties, Romy yields more usable, crunchy
flesh. Snip its aromatic, lime-green feathery fronds into fresh salads or
them as an edible garnish (a hint that velvety-sweet fennel lurks within
bubbling, cheesy casseroles). You can even cut its slender frond-tipped
and incorporate them into clever flower arrangements. (OP.)
Packet of 200 Seeds / $3.25
#2993 Orion Fennel: 82 days|
We adore big, lusty Romy, but do confess that we hunted down this svelte new hybrid. Orion’s growth habit is compact and uniform, which means you can grow more succulent ‘bulbs’
in the same amount of space. Once mature, Orion holds well in the garden, so you can extend the fennel fiesta. Shave it into salads, braise it with onion in white wine for a bed under panko-crusted white fish, or pair sautéed fennel with fresh corn in our Corn-Gruyere Clafouti (check out our online recipe box).
Packet of 100 Seeds / $3.75