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Ask Garden Eats: Fields of Fennel

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Q: I’ve got all this fennel, so much so I couldn’t keep up with it this year. It’s begun flowering and I wonder if I can capture the seeds? Any tips on saving fennel seeds?

-Starr, San Diego Organic Mom & Gardener

Garden Eats: We have a ton of fennel this year as well in the Cali backyard. I’ve affectionately named it the Fennel Forest because it’s taking up so much of my hillside.

It’s not quite time to get those seeds yet, but here’s some tips for you:

  • Wait for the flowers to dry a-top the plant. They will appear a dry-ish brown gray.
  • Cut the section of the plant containing the flower approximately five inches from the head.
  • Gently shake the seeds from the flower over a paper bag or bowl.
  • Wrap seeds tightly and label in a paper bag.
  • Freeze seeds for planting or use seeds to cook with!

Fennel Forest

See the Ladybug on the Flowering Fennel?

Looking Up

Trick I Love!

If you have a lot of seeds, throw a couple handfuls in your Vitamix and grind down to a powder. Add these to your vacuum cleaner bag or sprinkle along the rug and vacuum up for a freshly scented pick me up at home!

Anyone have a fennel recipes they’d like to share? Pop them into the comments section or leave us a message here to be featured!

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C H R I S T I N E Dionese, co-founder of flavor ID and Garden Eats is an integrative health & food therapy specialist, medical & food journalist. She has dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health by harnessing the power of the epigenetic landscape. To balance the more serious side of her work, she loves to concoct, write about and connect people through food & drink. You can check out her latest work at The Chalkboard Magazine, The Fullest and Rochester's Boomtown Table. Christine lives, works and plays between Southern California & Upstate New York.

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