Fun With Fennel in Soup and Salad

The versatile vegetable is best in winter.

Fennel is a crunchy, anise-flavored, bulb-like vegetable with edible stalks, fronds and seeds that is at its best during winter. It has been known to mankind since ancient Greece, but judging by the number of questions I get from curious shoppers whenever I fill a bag with fennel bulbs at the supermarket, it looks like not many know how to use it.