Fennel can be used in a myriad of ways — raw or cooked, in either sweet or savory applications.
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Fennel-and-Sweet-Onion Pizza with Green Olives
Credit: © JOHN KERNICK

This Mediterranean vegetable, at its peak in spring and fall, has a strong anise flavor and crisp texture that's delicious in salads when raw. When cooked, fennel softens and the flavor becomes sweet and mild. Most cooks use only the bulb, but you can treat the feathery fronds as an herb and stuff the stalks into whole fish before roasting.

1. Drinks

Campari-Fennel Aperitif
Credit: © Paul Costello

Fennel has been shown to aid in digestion. Muddle the fronds and mix with Campari, the bitter aperitif, and boom: a cocktail that will cure all stomach ills.

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2. Risotto

Fennel-and-Sausage Risotto
Credit: © Frances Janisch

Add sautéed fennel to a basic saffron risotto or one made with sausage.

Get the Recipe: Fennel and Sausage Risotto

3. Braised

Roasted Halibut with Wine-Braised Fennel
Credit: © Tina Rupp

Brown and then gently simmer wedges of fennel in an aromatic wine for a simple side dish to serve alongside fish or lamb.

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4. Pizza

Fennel-and-Sweet-Onion Pizza with Green Olives
Credit: © JOHN KERNICK

To really bring out fennel's anise flavor, cook it in Pernod, then use it as a topping for pizza.

Get the Recipe: Fennel and Sweet Onion Pizza with Green Olives

5. Soup

Smoky Oyster Chowder with Bacon, Rosemary and Fennel
Credit: © MARCUS NILSSON

Add diced fennel to any gazpacho or seafood chowder recipe.

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6. Tomato sauce

https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/shakshuka-with-fennel-and-feta

Add diced fennel to tomato sauce for pasta or for braising eggs — a dish known as shakshuka in the Middle East.

Get the Recipe: Shakshuka with Fennel and Feta

7. Cake

Carrots aren't the only vegetable that taste good in dessert. Fennel adds a very grown-up flavor to this nutty cake.

Get the Recipe: Fennel Cake with Anise Syrup