Licorice flavors mellow with time and cooking
by Hara Dretaki
Combine the crunchiness of a ripe celery stalk, the earthy taste of parsley, the biting sweetness similar to that of black licorice, and we have fennel (also called “sweet anise”). A green and white bulbous vegetable, fennel is a member of the Umbelliferae family. With root vegetable relatives and a flavor profile like coriander and dill, fennel is an ingredient that tastes good any way it’s served. So eat it raw or steam, fry, bake, or boil it. Eat the base and the leaves or just the seeds. Get creative and inspired by what you taste in fennel. Ancient Greeks believed fennel was a symbol of bravery, as fennel translates to mean the word marathon in the Greek language, and to the Romans, who ate the bulbs before battle, fennel represented courage.