Fennel Florence Heirloom
Foeniculum vulgare dulce. Annual.
Fennel has a clean refreshing flavor similar to anise. The plant has lovely feathery leaves and large seed heads. The entire plant is useful. Seeds are used to flavor meats, fruits, and baked goods; leaves are used fresh as a garnish in salads; stems are used like celery in soups and salads. Will reseed prolifically. Attracts swallowtail butterflies.
Florence fennel forms a large bulb just above the ground that is eaten as a vegetable. Harvest seeds from the large seed heads to use in cooking, or use the stems and leaves in salads. Fennel is a host plant for the black swallowtail butterfly.