We're Frond of Fennel

Fresh, crisp fennel bulbs are the harbingers of spring with their lighly licorice-y flavor. We love them straight up, but they also play nicely in a variety of applications. Here's a few of our favorites.

Pickled Fennel
Pickled Fennel
Boy, are we frond of pickling fennel. Pickling enhances the natural sweetness of the bulb, especially when pickled with beets, or with fennel seed to kick up the licorice quotient. (Image via Tasting Table)

Fennel Ginger Sauerkraut
Fennel Ginger Sauerkraut
Fresh fennel bulb provides a slightly sweet counterpoint to the sourness of lactofermented kraut, and fresh ginger gives it a boost of fresh flavor. (Image via Fermenters Club)
Quick Fennel and Cabbage Kimchi
This cabbage and fennel condiment is flavored with green onion, garlic, ginger, chile and fennel seed. Spicy, sour, salty kimchi in under 45 minutes. (Image via Kitchen Konfidence)
Grated Fennel Relish
Grated Fennel Relish
A quick fennel relish that is all licorice and slightly sweet tanginess. It's good on hot dogs and even better on grilled fish. (Image via Food in Jars)
Candied Fennel Stalks + Fennel Frond Salt
Candied Fennel Stalks and Fennel Frond Salt
What to do with all of those fennel stalks and fronds once you've eaten (or pickled) the bulb? Candy the stalks, salt the fronds. (Image via Local Kitchen)
Fennel Frond Pesto
Fennel Frond Pesto
Another perfect way to use the fronds from your fennel. Pesto made with sunflower seeds is great for those who can't have pine nuts! (Image via Gluten Free(k))
Roasted Tomato Sauce with Fennel
Roasted Tomato Sauce with Fennel
Bust out your jars of last year's tomatoes for this sauce that absolutely sings with intense flavors of tomato and a slight sweetness lent by the roasted fennel. (Image via My Pantry Shelf)
Apple-Fennel Butter
Apple-Fennel Butter
At his Beard House dinner, Jonathan Bennett slathered this delicious butter on trout. Or, just try it on grilled bread for a sweet-savory appetizer. (Image via James Beard)

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