Fennel - Florence

Fennel - Florence

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Foeniculum vulgare dulce

Florence Fennel also known as Finnochio is a gourmet vegetable originating from the Mediterranean.  It is grown for the thick bulb-like bases which develop just above the soil, however the leaves can also be used as a flavoursome herb.  The bulbs have a sweet, aniseed flavour and can be eaten raw, chopped in a salad, or cooked.  Fennel is delicious when baked or when slowly fried in olive oil to caramelise it and enhance its sweetness.  Fennel seeds can also be collected and used as a spice, they have a similar but stronger flavour to the leaves.

The flowers of Fennel are very attractive to beneficial insects.  It looks lovely as an ornamental at the back of flower and herb gardens.  Fennel is a cool season annual, the plant grows to approx. 45 - 60 cm high.  Fennel leaves can be harvested as soon as they are big enough to pick.

Sow seed approx. 8mm deep, in temperate areas from late Summer to Autumn; in subtropical areas in Autumn, (March - May), full sun, moist well drained fertile soil.  Germination approx. 10 - 14 days.  As the bulbs swell, hill the soil around them.  Maturity in approx. 80-90 days.

20 seeds per packet

NOT TO VIC