A member of the carrot family, fennel is a highly aromatic and flavorful herb that tastes similar to anise. The bulb, foliage and seeds can all be used for cooking, and fennel is a key ingredient in Italian sausage and Chinese five-spice powder. We like to add fennel to pasta dishes, salads and cocktails for a unique, refreshing flavor. Braised fennel makes an excellent pizza topping along with caramelized onions and green olives. Make a pleasantly bitter cocktail from fennel-infused Campari, sparkling wine and lemon—it’s a perfect aperitif, and a great way to use up leftover herbs. Find these recipes and more in Food & Wine’s guide to fennel.

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