Fennel is crunchy and slightly sweet, adding a refreshing contribution to the ever popular Mediterranean cuisine. Most often associated with Italian cooking, be sure to add this to your selection of fresh vegetables. 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 and is therefore closely related to parsley, carrots, dill and coriander.
SALAD GREENS with Orange Fennel Vinaigrette
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 tbsp minced onions
1 bundle Food Basket fresh thyme leaves
2 tsp (packed) grated orange peel
1 tsp honey
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 bundle Food Basket Fennel
3 clam shells assorted Food Basket salad greens (incl arugula, premium)
1 cup chopped green onions
2/3 cup walnuts, toasted
Whisk orange juice, shallots, thyme, orange peel, and honey in medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in oil, then fennel and fennel fronds. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.
Cut peel and white pith from oranges. Working over bowl, cut between membranes to release orange segments from pith.
Combine assorted greens, green onions, and toasted walnuts in large bowl. Drain orange segments and add to salad. Toss salad with enough dressing to coat evenly. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.
The health benefits of fennel include relief from anemia, indigestion, flatulence, constipation, colic, diarrhea, respiratory disorders, menstrual disorders, and its benefits regarding eye care. Fennel, which has the scientific name Foeniculum Vulgare Miller, or its essence, is widely used around the world in mouth fresheners, toothpastes, desserts and antacids