Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Fennel is related to the carrot family and indigenous to the Mediterranean but they are now grown in many parts of the world.
It is a perennial herb with yellow flowers. It is very aromatic.
Fennel is very versatile. The bulbs, see above, foliage (leaves) and seeds are widely used in culinary around the world.
The bulb is delicious drizzled in olive oil and balsamic vinegar and then baked in the oven. It is sweet tasting, perfect starter or as a side dish with roast meat or even baked fish dishes.
Click here for the baked fennel bulb.