Ideal temp: 32℉
Cut the stalks from the bulb. You can store the fronds as you would cilantro, for later use. Store the bulbs in a plastic bag in your crisper. Storage life: 10-21 days (flavor lessens with age).
Raw layers dipped in olive oil and salt, or ricotta
Shaved into salads (green, or mixed veggie)
Cabbage, apple & fennel slaw
Fennel and potato bake/gratin
Halved, baked with Parmesan
Green salad with grapefruit and avocado
Cold bean salads (fresh or cooked beans)
Quartered/halved and roasted at high heat until browned
Roasted around chicken with potatoes and garlic
Base for seared fish
Thinly sliced on pizza
Fennel & onion tarts
pairs well with:
Ricotta, Feta, Burrata, Parmesan, Pecorino Romano, Fontina, cream, yogurt, buttermilk, pork, sausage, chicken, salmon, tuna, white fish, shrimp, clams, anchovy, eggs, peas, delicate greens, bitter greens (escarole, radicchio), cucumber, asparagus, artichoke hearts, radish, garlic scapes, garlic, tomato, potato, celery, roasted beets, carrots, onion, chiles, lemon, orange, grapefruit, apples, avocado, capers, olives, vinegars (red wine, sherry), olive oil, chicken stock, couscous, rice dishes, pasta dishes, pine nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, pecans, pistachios, toasted seeds (pumpkin, sunflower), raisins, dried apricots, basil, parsley, dill, mint, thyme, red pepper flakes, bread crumbs.