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Cinnamon Basil, also Known as Mexican spice basil, has a warm, spicy flavor similar to cinnamon. In fact, the same chemical that provides flavor in cinnamon (methyl cinnamate) is found in cinnamon basil.

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Green fennel is commonly available in grocery stores, with light green bulbs and bright green tops. In addition to being slightly sweeter and more tender than its green cousin, bronze fennel has a smaller bulb and tends to produce more fronds. Alongside its bronze, silvery fronds, bronze fennel produces beautiful yellow flowers, called crowns.

At Farm.One, we grow bronze fennel for its fronds and flowers, we don’t sell the bulb or the stems. The fronds have a very delicate, branching structure that makes it look beautiful on any plate. The fronds and flowers don’t weigh much, but they have a big presence in terms of aroma and taste. Bronze fennel’s flavor is reminiscent of anise, with a touch of sweetness. The bronze fennel crowns can be harvested while small or they can be harvested later to allow them to grow in size. The crowns are home to the beginnings of fennel seeds; at any size, the flowers are packed with flavor.

We grow bronze fennel as a mature crop as well as a micro herb. In our system, the mature bronze fennel plant can live in our deep water culture system for an extended period of time, several months or more. Because of its branching structure, bronze fennel can be harvested using the cut and come again technique - harvesting multiple times from the same plant.


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Bronze fennel is a hugely flexible addition to plates. When adding bronze fennel to a dish, it's best to add it at the last moment as a fresh garnish - cooking the fennel down will cause it to lose its distinctive flavor.

•   Consider pairing this sweet herb with fish dishes or simple pastas, like cacio e pepe, that will go nicely with the addition of an anise flavor.
•   For a hearty but summery dish - gently saute onions, garlic, and mushrooms. Add a handful of sliced fennel bulb and sautee further. Add chopped sage and stir until the sage is slightly softened. Sprinkle with bronze fennel fronds.
•   Roast halved fennel bulbs with garlic and caraway seeds at 325 degrees fahrenheit for about 1 hour, until soft and caramelized. Halfway through, stir some halved white mushrooms into the pan. To serve, douse with lemon juice, sprinkle with salt and pepper and perhaps some capers, then garnish generously with bronze fennel fronds.
•   Incorporate fennel's flavor into a fresh salad for a pop of sweetness
•   Pair fennel with sweets that traditionally go well with licorice - chocolate, cream, fruit
In addition to making a great garnish, bronze fennel can be used to make a variety of beverages. If combined with hot water to make a tea, the resulting fennel tea will be a striking purple color once steeped. Fennel tea is thought to have added medicinal value and can be used to treat upset stomach, digestive issues, and menstrual cramps. If you're not so concerned about your health, we'd suggest trying bronze fennel in a beverage. Bronze fennel pairs well with any drink that already has anise flavors like pastis or arak. The fennel makes a great beverage garnish, too - the fronds and flowers can be floated across the surface of a beverage for a very striking finish to your beverage.

Try Bronze Fennel with these New York Times Recipes:

  • Fennel, Garlic, and Potato Soup (V)
  • Baked Rice with White Beans, Leeks, and Lemon (V)
  • Spring Vegetable Stew (V)
  • Fennel-Apple Salad with Walnuts (V)
  • Pizza with Spring Onions and Fennel (V)
  • Golden Bowl Beverage (beverage)
  • Stuffed Squid Sicilian-Style
  • Pasta with Lemon, Herbs, and Ricotta Salata
  • Cold Pork Roast with Fennel and Green Bean Salad
  • Baked Clams
  • Roasted or Grilled Whole Fish with Tomato Vinaigrette
  • Porchetta Pork Roast
  • Small-Batch Gravlax with Fennel-Orange Butter
  • One-Pan Spicy Meatballs with Lentils and Fennel
  • Mark Bittman's Bouillabaisse
  • Seared Tuna, White Bean, and Fennel Salad
  • Porchetta Pork Chops

 

Growing Bronze Fennel

We grow bronze fennel as a mature crop as well as a micro herb. In our system, the mature bronze fennel plant can live in our deep water culture system for an extended period of time, several months or more. Because of its branching structure, bronze fennel can be harvested using the cut and come again technique - harvesting multiple times from the same plant.
The bronze fennel crowns can be harvested while small or they can be harvested later to allow them to grow in size. The crowns are home to the beginnings of fennel seeds; at any size, the flowers are packed with flavor.

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