Fragrant and distinctive, fennel's slightly licorice taste is most often enjoyed with fish. But don't save it for fish nights; try its anise-like flavor in soups and salads, and with grains and vegetables, too.
Fennel is a member of the Umbelliferae family which also includes anise, caraway, coriander, and dill among other plants. Although it has a flavor and aroma reminiscent of licorice, they are not related. Fennel is native to the Mediterranean, but it is now cultivated in many temperate climates.