Fennel, specifically Florence Fennel, is this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the valley’s Certified Farmers’ Markets. Known for its delicious flavor and lovely aroma, Florence Fennel is used as an herb, a spice, and a vegetable. Every part of the plant is edible, and all parts have a variety of uses. Dried Fennel seeds are used in culinary traditions all over the world. They are a particularly important ingredient in cooking throughout the Indian Peninsula, and the Middle East. In Western Europe and the United States, Fennel Seeds are used in a variety of spice mixtures, especially those used in pickling, making sausages, and for Sauerkraut.
As popular as dried Fennel seeds are, they are only the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to Fennel. Florence Fennel flowers, stalks, leaves, and particularly the large crispy bulb are all used in a variety of popular recipes, and can be stir-fried, sautéed, stewed, braised, grilled, or even eaten raw. Try substituting Florence Fennel for Celery in a favorite recipe. It’s a delightful and delicious alternative!
Did you know: Florence Fennel is one of the three main herbs used in the preparation of Absinthe, a highly alcoholic liquor which originated as a medicinal elixir in Switzerland, and became, by the late 19th and early 20th-centuries, a popular alcoholic drink in France, particularly among Parisian artists and writers.
Price: $2 a bunch and up.
Also in Season, and available now at all locations: Potatoes, Celery, Green Onions, FRESH and DRIED Herbs, Eggs, Dates, Almonds, Oranges, Grapefruit, Chard, Eggplant, Squash, Onions, Garlic, Apples, Shallots, Beets, Green Beans, Carrots, Tomatoes, Green Tomatoes, Peppers, Lettuces, Parsley, Mint, Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Radishes, Leeks, Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, Cherimoyas, Dates . . . . PLUS, incredible artisan breads, fresh meats, cheese, fresh raw honey, California olives/olive oil/vinegars, and a wide variety of exotic Orchids and flowers.
The Certified Farmers Market is sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center. It operates in four locations, and on three different days of the week, as follows:
- On Saturdays in Palm Springs, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, adjacent to the Camelot Theatres in the Palm Springs Mall parking lot at 2300 E. Baristo Road at Farrell.
- On Sundays in Old Town La Quinta, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at 78100 Main Street, just a few blocks west of La Quinta City Hall off Calle Tampico.
- On Wednesdays in Palm Desert, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce, 72-567 Highway 111.
Contact the Certified Farmers Market at 760.898.5250, 760-285-2630 (se habla Espanol), or visit us online at www.certifiedfarmersmarket.org
The Palm Springs Cultural Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.