Growing Fennel: How to Grow and Care for Fennel

Native to southern Europe and a classic component in Mediterranean cuisine, fennel is now grown all over the world for its crisp bulb and feathery leaves. It’s low-maintenance, cold-tolerant (down to 0°F/-17°C), and has a deliciously distinct licorice/aniseed flavor that complements so many other foods.

Fennel also happens to be surprisingly easy to grow. Here’s everything you need to know…

The Different Types of Fennel

There are actually two types of fennel, which can sometimes cause a bit of confusion:

  • Bulb fennel – also known as Florence fennel, this is grown as an annual vegetable for its crunchy, delicately-flavored bulb and celery-like stems.
  • Herb fennel – also known
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