fennel

noun
fen·​nel | \ ˈfe-nᵊl How to pronounce fennel (audio) \

Definition of fennel

1 : a perennial Eurasian herb (Foeniculum vulgare) that has clusters of small yellow flowers and aromatic leaves and seeds and includes several cultivated forms: such as
a : one (F. vulgare dulce) grown especially for its edible leaves and seeds that are used as a seasoning
2 : the edible parts (such as the seeds and leaves) of fennel

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A perennial aromatic herb of the parsley family, fennel is native to southern Europe and Asia Minor and cultivated in the US, Britain, and temperate areas of Eurasia. The blanched shoots are eaten as a vegetable. The greenish brown to yellowish brown oblong-oval seeds smell and taste similar to anise. The seeds and extracted oil are used for scenting soaps and perfumes and for flavoring candies, liqueurs, medicines, and foods, particularly pastries, sweet pickles, and fish.

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Put your new chicken thigh skills to work in these recipes: Marinated Fennel With Chicken and Wild Rice Crispy brown chicken skin pairs perfectly with this earthy dish of fennel and wild rice. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Cook Perfectly Crispy Chicken Thighs Every Time," 25 Feb. 2019 Toss mushrooms with fennel and brush chicken with remaining juice mixture. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Orange-Ginger Roast Chicken with Fennel and Radicchio Salad," 27 Nov. 2018 Serves 4 to 6 Ingredients 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 small fennel bulb, quartered, cored, and chopped 2 zucchini, chopped 8 oz. Laura Washburn, House Beautiful, "Easy Vegetable Soup Recipe: Soup au Pistou," 23 Jan. 2013 Ingredients • 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced • 1 small onion, thinly sliced • ½ tsp. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Marky Ramone's Drum Punk Pasta Recipe," 18 Oct. 2010 On prepared sheet, toss fennel with oil and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Orange-Ginger Roast Chicken with Fennel and Radicchio Salad," 27 Nov. 2018 Basil, a sweet herb with licorice qualities, bridges the link between the melon and the fennel. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appetit, "You’re Gonna Try This Fruit Salad and You’re Gonna Love It," 21 June 2018 Season with ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, the fennel and chile powder. Leah Eskin, chicagotribune.com, "Superiority Burger cookbook gives up the takeout spot's veggie recipe," 15 June 2018 The fresh fennel and bitter radicchio and frisée mix mingles with paper-thin shavings of salty ricotta salata and juicy segments of caracara orange. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Lupo – one of Louisville's newest pizza restaurants – has already mastered the pie," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of fennel

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fennel

Middle English fenel, from Old English finugl, from Vulgar Latin *fenuculum, from Latin feniculum fennel, irregular diminutive of fenum hay

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fennel

noun
fen·​nel | \ ˈfen-ᵊl How to pronounce fennel (audio) \

Medical Definition of fennel

: a perennial European herb (Foeniculum vulgare) of the carrot family (Umbelliferae) introduced into North America and cultivated for its aromatic seeds and its foliage

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