Fennel is a member of the carrot or Umbelliferae family, and widely used in Provençal cuisine.
It is sometimes referred to as sweet fennel, Florence fennel, and, finocchio.
Fennel, with its feathery dark green plumes, has a flavor similar to licorice that makes a delicious addition to soups and seafood dishes.
Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=307
Selecting and Storing Fennel
Look for fennel that bulbs that are firm with feathery, green fronds. Store in the refrigerator crisper, where the vegetable should keep for three to four days.