Why Aren’t More People Talking About Fennel?

While researching recent articles—like this one on bloat-reducing foods and this one on anti-cellulite recipes—we noticed one ingredient in particular seems to be the star of all things good for you these days: fennel. According to the New York Times, fennel is a “low-calorie source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, potassium and folate. Fennel also contains phytonutrients that may have antioxidant properties.” Additionally, this veggie is high in bone-fortifying calcium. Since fennel season starts in September and continues into the spring, we figure now is as good a time as any to get into it. Here, eight fennel-focused recipes to test out this fall and beyond.

Spoon Fork Bacon

Mixed Citrus And Fennel Salad

Recipe author: Spoon Fork Bacon

If you can peel an orange, you can make this salad, which is why it's the perfect fennel intro for those who haven't yet mastered the art of actual cooking.

A Cozy Kitchen

Warm Caramelized Fennel And Leek Dip

Recipe author: A Cozy Kitchen

One can hide just about anything in cheese and it'll be delicious, so if you're not so sure about fennel yet, we suggest you test it out by making this decadent dip.

E Is For Eat

Fennel Chips

Recipe author: E Is For Eat

If you crave a crunch around 4pm each day, these fennel chips are a great alternative to store-bought, processed chips as well as a healthy option for those who might not love kale chips.

Love & Lemons

Fennel Salad With Walnuts And Avocado

Recipe author: Love & Lemons

This salad—simple, light and packed with healthful foods—plays well with just about any meal while also serving as a standalone supper for those looking to eat clean.

The Pig & The Quill

Fennel-Spiced Tofu Bolognese

Recipe author: The Pig & The Quill

Fennel is so often paired with sausage that using it in a vegetarian recipe helps duplicate the flavor of a meat-centric dish. Fennel seeds are used to flavor tofu in this "fauxlognese."

Half Baked Harvest

Slow-Roasted Citrus Salmon With Fennel And Parmesan

Recipe author: Half Baked Harvest

Roasted fennel is delicious, especially when sprinkled with Parmesan (as it is here). It's also super easy to make with or without the salmon and noodles included in this (amazing) recipe.

Girl Versus Dough

Caramelized Spring Onion And Fennel Pizza With Beer Crust

Recipe author: Girl Versus Dough

This pizza recipe uses both fennel fronds and bulbs, which basically means it's super healthy. Right? (Side note: This blogger also has a recipe for wine-infused pizza crust, and we don't know why she isn't our best friend yet. Call us, Steph!)

Butter & Brioche

Fennel Pollen Panna Cotta With Honey And Caramelized White Chocolate

Recipe author: Butter & Brioche

Apparently, fennel pollen is magical. To quote Saveur, "If angels sprinkled a spice from their wings, this would be it." It's been used for centuries in Tuscan cooking and is known to be the most potent and therefore flavorful form of the plant. If you can't master this recipe, find more (easy) ways to cook with it here.