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Best ways to store and use Fennel

What is the best storage for fennel? Can you freeze fennel? How long does fennel last in the fridge? We have answers to all of these food-saving questions and storage tips:

Best Storage

The fridge is the best place to store fennel. Trim off the fronds and wrap the bulb loosely in a reusable bag to store in the fridge.

Ensure your fridge is set between 0 and 4° C.

Can I Freeze It?

Before freezing, blanch fennel for one minute in boiling water that has the juice of half a lemon squeezed in. This will help to preserve the fennel’s bright colour. It can then be placed in freezer bags and frozen for up to six months.

Note that fennel will become fibrous and less flavourful the longer you keep it in the freezer.

Fresher For Longer

Fennel browns quickly due to oxidization. When preparing fennel you can submerge it in a solution made up of three parts water and one part acid (such as lemon juice) to keep it from browning.

Use It Up

Fennel can be used in any dish with roasted vegetables, as well as in salads and soups.

Don’t throw away the fennel fronds! They are flavourful and can be used as a fresh herb in fennel dishes, added as a garnish or made into fennel oil.

Did You Know?

Fennel seeds can be used in herbal teas, and the entire vegetable can be juiced for a healthy snack.

Get More From Your Food

We primarily eat the bulb. The stalk is edible, but tougher. The leaves are feathery and delicate and can be served as herbs, while the small bouquets of yellow flowers leave aromatic seeds behind.