Orion Fennel

82 days. We adore big, lusty Romy, but do confess that we hunted down this svelte new hybrid. Orion's growth habit is compact and uniform, which means you can grow more succulent bulbs in the same amount of space. Once mature, Orion holds well in the garden, so you can extend the Fennel fiesta. Shave it into salads, braise it with Onion in white wine for a bed under panko-crusted white fish, or pair sauteed Fennel with fresh Sweet Corn in our Corn-Gruyère Clafouti. (F1.)

One packet of about 100 seeds
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A long-cherished favorite in European bistro cuisine, Fennel is best raised as a seedling in a well-ventilated, well-lit spot and transplanted into a sunny, well-draining spot in the garden after the last frost date (with as little root disturbance as possible). Harvest is a snap~when the "bulb" is 3" to 5" high, cut it off at the base; it may even resprout. Its "bulb" (not really a bulb at all but composite, thickened stalks) and its foliage are readily incorporated into a myriad of crisp-raw salads, crudities, Potato mashes, soups, pasta dishes and savory gratins paired with ham and Potatoes. We adore it in Creamy Corn and Fennel, Ina Garten's Potato-Fennel Gratin (the best Potato dish ever) and in our Roasted Vegetable Mélange. Deer resistant.

Average seed life: 2 years.
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