Fennel is often confused with the herb anise because both plants have a flavor similar to black licorice. Fennel has a rounded white bulb, short green stalks, and feathery green leaves. Its appearance resembles an extra plump bunch of celery. Its unique taste becomes more mild when cooked.
In the United States, fennel is grown almost exclusively in California. The freshest fennel can be found at your farmers' markets where you get just-picked fennel full of flavor and nutrition. So if you like the mild flavor of licorice, this is perfect to add to your recipes.
Fennel is a good source of niacin, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, folate, potassium, and manganese.