Spring Produce Guide: Fennel

header_spring-produce-fennel-2_960x260.jpg The fennel plant is perhaps best-known for its licorice-scented fennel seeds, used to flavor everything from baked goods to Italian sausage. But the crunchy bulb itself has a delicious, delicate anise flavor, and is as wonderful shaved thin for a crunchy salad as it is baked until tender with cream and bread crumbs. The feathery fronds make a beautiful garnish and can also be used to season meats.