Mmmm, fennel. Oh, sorry, Biggles here. It’s our A to Z Challenge and we’ve got to F. We’re talking about our favourite things, mostly.
Fennel is a delicious tasting plant, or vegetable. Apparently humans use the seeds in their cooking, too, but we don’t need our food cooked. We eat it when it’s nice and crunchy and fresh.
Most of the winter we get bits of the swollen stem, or bulb, of the vegetable. Since Mummy loves it too, most of the time we get the bits she trims off when she’s cooking it. That’s the stalky bits (which sometimes have mini-leaves), and the base, and sometimes the outside layer, too (although that can be a bit tough). If she’s got too much, she’ll give us a full slice, or if it’s small, she’ll cut it up between us. That’s my favourite.
In spring we might get what she calls ‘thinnings’, when she has to take out some small plants to let the others grow bigger. In the summer we often get long stalks of the plant, with leaves on, too. Mummy says it’s not supposed to be like that, but she doesn’t manage to make it grow so it produces the bulb bit. Some of them are more bulbous than others. Then again, if they are more bulbous, she probably keeps them to herself.
Hmm. Should Mummy keep some of the fennel to herself? What do you think?