How to choose fennel with Eric Briffard
Native to Mediterranean regions, fennel has been very popular in southern Europe since ancient times. In France, the production of this vegetable from the apale family is mainly located in Provence and represents 4,000 tons per year. It is also grown in Ardèche, Bretagne or the Drôme.
Thanks our chef Eric Briffard – Meilleur Ouvrier de France – you will learn more about this vegetable!
How to choose and store fennel
It is essential to select your fennel carefully, preferring a well round, firm and white bulb without stains. The smallest ones are the tasiest.
Trust your nose: fresh fennel has a good aniseed smell. Green plumes are also a guarantee of freshness.
It is better to keep the fennel in a plastic or reusable cotton bag in the refrigerator tray as it is a root vegetable. Because of its aniseed scent, it is best to separate it from other vegetables. When optimal storage conditions are met, the fennel can be kept in the refrigerator for 4 to 7 days.
Let’s move towards seasonal vegetables whose cultivation requires only a limited amount of water.