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Florence Fennel

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Organic Florence Fennel Seeds

Crunchy, licorice-flavored bulbs

Foeniculum vulgare
Wonderfully refined flavor in both bulbs and leaves.
Florence fennel bulbs make a mildly-flavored gourmet treat. They're beautiful, too. Bases burst into a mist of fine-leaved, breeze-blown stems, providing whimsy and shape.
Product ID# FE0098 , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC

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Quick Facts
Days to Germination 7 to 14 days
Days to Maturity 80 days
Planting Depth ¼ inch
Spacing in Row 12 inches
Spacing Between Rows 18 inches
Height at Maturity 36 to 72 inches
Width at Maturity 12 to 24 inches
Detailed Product Info

Bulbing fennel, known as both Florence Fennel and Finnochio, deserves a home in every garden. Not only do the bulbs make a sweet, mildly-flavored, positively gourmet treat, but they're also beautiful: the swollen, celadon bases burst vertically into a mist of fine-leaved, breeze-blown stems, providing airiness and brightness and shape.

Like many of our garden crops, its origins lie in the Mediterranean basin, and most recipes for fennel come from Italian cuisine. Raw, chopped fennel adds a celery-like crunch and licorice flavor to salads, or fennel can be cooked until soft and meltingly delicious. It is most abundant in mid-summer, which explains its popularity as a grilled vegetable (yum!).

Growing Instructions

Start indoors 3-5 weeks before last frost and then transplant after last frost, or direct sow outdoors in rich soil from after last frost through mid-July. Water liberally. Harvest before seedstalk forms to ensure a tender bulb. Best harvested at about 4 inches in diameter; waiting longer risks losing crop to bolting.