Desert Fennel

Desert Fennel

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 The fennel is grown by smallholder farmers in central Egypt, in an oasis west of the Nile where ancient canal systems divert the Nile's waters to irrigate the fields. The fennel has a unique flavor, slightly salty and mineral because of the sandy desert soil, with a sharp vegetal sweetness at the finish. The plants flower in the spring, with bunches of tiny yellow flowers with a beautiful licorice fragrance. The seeds are harvested by hand in early summer, and farmers use a special curved knife to cut the 6-8 foot tall fennel plants down, and the seeds are pulled off by hand. Our fennel is organic, and our current lot is from the summer 2016 season.

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