*Now in a glass jar with a refillable grinder*
Our Desert Fennel comes from an organic farm in central Egypt, where fennel has been cultivated for millennia. It's grown in an oasis in the desert, irrigated with water from the Nile. In the spring the air is sweet with the licorice smell of fennel flowers. You'll taste a slight saltiness - that's the flavor of the sandy desert soil - followed by a sharp vegetal sweetness at the finish.
- Origin: Fayoum, Egypt
- Process: Sun dried on the stalk
- Ingredients: Organically grown fennel seeds (Foeniculum vulgare)
- Tasting notes: Licorice • Mineral Salt • Desert Grass
- Add whole to stir fries or curries
- Toss with vegetables before roasting
- Grind and combine with salt, pepper and chili for meat rubs
- Spinach with Cumin and Garlic
- Cardamom Ice Cream with Candied Fennel Seeds
- Mahi Mahi with Stewed Spiced Peaches
- Pairs well with: Silk Chili Flakes, Nile Coriander, Zanzibar Black Peppercorns
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 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.
Meet the Farmer: Partner farmer Ali is pictured showing off his newest crop. The breeze smelled like licorice as we walked through the fields.
- afternoon snack
I used up the last of my Burlap and Barrel fennel on the best bowl of Tuscan white bean soup I've ever made. I haven't made a better soup since, and I'm much waiting the arrival of a new batch of fennel. When is it going to come?
These fennel seeds have a beautiful, bright anise flavor. I like to chew a few whole seeds after meals as they are chewy, sweet, and aid digestion.
It is so fresh when you grind it the fragrance is fantastic as are all of the items I have purchased from you
Fennel was a spice I didn't really use much. But, the grinder jar is such a great tool on its own I grab the fennel for all sorts of dishes. Love the freshness.
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