The fennel race is decided

So without much surprise I’m calling in the results on the fennel.  I’ve been using the thinnings from the romanesco fennel in the tunnel – thinly slicing the bulb and sweating in a little butter or olive oil and quickly wilting chard or chinese cabbage with them, a little salt and pepper and they’re ready to eat.  The chinese cabbage is also working a treat in stir-fry!  Before I had a chance to keep them in check the slugs seem to have enjoyed the fennel outdoors before we did.

Fennel Remains - slugs got there first!

But some did survive to tell the tale:

Fennel Outdoors

And the victorious, well-protected, molly-coddled, spoon-fed tunnel fennel:

Fennel Tunnel

The Secret Life of Romanesco Fennel

On other fennel news, I put in some bronze fennel seeds a number of weeks ago and they are doing very well.  This is a decorative fennel, bronze of frond that can be used for herb and later seed saved for the spice rack.

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