What’s in the Box? Autumn | 20th Oct 2023

Salad Mix | Cavolo Nero | Young Fennel Spinach | Baby Leeks | Carrots | Rocket | Broccoli / Parsnips

*Please wash all veg before eating!

Veggie of the Week

Fennel

With its unique liquorice-like taste fennel often has a love-it or hate-it reaction. Prepare it by trimming the tougher stalk tops, cut the bulb in half lengthways and remove any tough root core. Don’t let any part go to waste, The trimmings are great for stocks, especially fish stock, and the fronds can be finely chopped for a herby garnish. This might be a strange one, but we love our fronds in eggs – either in a frittata or just simply a little garnish on a scramble!

For a light aniseed flavor and a crunch, enjoy fennel thinly sliced in salads, there are plenty of recipe ideas online to get you inspired. We love to roast ours in a metric-tonne of butter and serve as a roast dinner side dish, but it’s also great cut it into wedges and fried, griddled or braised (as seen below).

Fennel pairs wonderfully with fruit like apples, pears, citrus, and olives, as well as nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts, and walnuts. It also complements dishes featuring lamb, pork, and various fish and shellfish. Are you team fennel?!

Recipe Idea

This winter salad has been a household favorite this week. Those spiced pecans are addictive, and keeping them safe from sneaky little reaching hands was a real challenge! We opted for a milder spice level and switched out Devonshire cheese for Gorgonzola. We also took it up a notch by incorporating super thinly sliced fennel and fresh garden rocket. These additions brought an incredible extra dimension to the salad that we absolutely loved.

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