Turns out that Fennel pollen is a hot item amongst the tattooed hipster chefs at the Ferry Plaza Market. We took the first bunches of fennel flowers this last Saturday. I am told it can be used fresh or dried in many dishes in pork dishes, salads and fish.
We plant the fennel in August, harvest the bulbs late fall to late winter. As the sun comes out in late February the root sends up a new bulb which quickly flowers.
Peggy Knickerbocker says “If Angel sprinkled a spice from their wings, this would be it”
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