I went to 2 Walmarts and 3 grocery stores but no fennel ball plants an no fennel in the fresh herb section. I have seen fennel plants in summer at grocery stores, they must be out of season now. I have never bought or grown fennel I have never had a recipe that called for fennel. Now I'm interested in growing fennel next year.
Has anyone grown fennel?
I am always in search of new food to cook especially food from another country that we have never eaten. It would be great to travel just to eat food from other countries or live in a big city where there is as, China town, little Italy, German town, little India, etc. Next best thing cook it myself.
I saw, Italian Porchette Pork Loin Rosemary Fennel on Americans Test Kitchen it looks so good I want to make some. Recipe is pork loin, fennel, rosemary, sage, garlic, onion, red pepper, black pepper, salt. They call it, Fennel Ball on the cooking show, use the tops or the ball for herbs. Some recipes also include, thyme. Several YouTube videos show each persons version how to make this.
Today at the store we learned there are 6 different companies selling their version of Porchette Pork Loin. The Porchette we bought is the only brand that includes several of the herbs in the authentic recipe. We sliced the meat in 1/2" thick slices put it in the crock pot to cook until 4pm this will be dinner tonight with corn on the cob, baked beans, home made bread. Still no fennel in what we cooked.
Porchette did not turn out to be anything to brag about, now I'm not very excited about growing fennel as I was. Maybe fennel & sage would have made this taste better?