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Fennel Pollen

Native to the Mediterranean, fennel tastes of licorice. Fennel pollen, hand-harvested from the flowers of the fennel plant, has the same distinct flavor but with a zesty citrus note and elegant sweetness.

The spice tastes like the first glorious warm days of summer and has been dubbed “the spice of the angels.”

Fennel pollen is ideal for finishing sweet or savory dishes. Sprinkle a bit over roasted fish, chicken, or vegetables, or add a pinch to a smoothie bowl. If you’re lucky enough to have wild fennel growing nearby, it’s easy to forage.

This was excerpted from “8 Herbs and Spices to Cook With More” which was published in the November 2022 issue of Experience Life.

Camille Berry

Camille Berry is a wine and food writer based in San Francisco.

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