Fennel is a versatile vegetable that plays an important role in the food culture of many European nations, especially in France and Italy. Its esteemed reputation dates back to the earliest times and is reflected in its mythological traditions.
Fennel is composed of a white or pale green bulb from which closely superimposed stalks are arranged. The stalks are topped with feathery green leaves near which flowers grow and produce fennel seeds. The bulb, stalk, leaves and seeds are all edible. Fennel belongs to the Umbellifereae family.
Fennel's aromatic taste is unique, Fennel's texture is similar to that of celery, having a crunchy and striated texture.
The scientific name for fennel is Foeniculum vulgare.
The bulb, foliage, and seeds of the fennel plant are used in many of the culinary traditions of the world.
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