Fennel is a celery-like winter vegetable that has feathery leaves called fronds. It has a licorice-like flavor. It is crisp and crunchy with a strong flavor when eaten raw. You can cook it for a more mild, anise flavor and a soft texture.
Choose fennel that have creamy white bulbs and bright green fronds.
Place fennel in a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
Remove the fronds and stalks. You can save the fronds to use as an herb. Access the core of the bulb by trimming off a thick slice from the root end, cutting the bulb in half and removing the core. Slice and chop or cook whole.
Fennel is high in potassium and vitamin C. One bulb can provide as much as 27 percent of the recommended daily amount of potassium (source). Fennel is also a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin K, and folate as well as the minerals iron, calcium, copper, zinc, and selenium