So, what is fennel pollen and why should I use it? Well lets start from the beginning: what is this?
Fennel pollen is exactly what you think it is. It is the pollen from.... fennel. The fennel is a perennial herb with feather-like leaves and yellow flowers. It is indigenous to the Mediterranean, but this herb can now be found in many countries around the world. You can find every part of the fennel plant used in different styles of cooking throughout the world. The leaves, the bulbs, the seeds- it is all used. What makes the fennel pollen so special (and costly) is that the pollen must be taken from the flowers and each flower has so little pollen. (Next time you purchase a tin of fennel pollen, think of how many flowers it took to produce all that pollen!)
Now that we know what fennel pollen is, why should we use it?
Fennel pollen has been used as a spice in the culinary world for many many different things. It can be used in savory foods such as meet, fish, and roasted vegetables. It can be used on chicken, pork, beef, lamb, salmon, and so much more to enhance the flavor. It can be used in pasta, risotto, and bread recipes such as Tortellini and spaghetti plates. On top of that, it can be used in other baked goods such as cookies and muffins!
There are actually groups that meet and share fennel pollen recipes with each other. This shows you just how diverse and fun this spice can be and how good it is to have some in your pantry.
One recipe I found that is so delicious is a pesto pizza with fennel pollen! Try out this recipe from the Hungry Goddess, and I promise you won't regret it: http://thehungrygoddess.com/2013/05/fennel-pollen-pizza-recipe-with-pesto-fennel-friday-cooking-club/
If you need some fennel pollen, check out what we have on our website! www.jjferrigno.com
We sell organic fennel pollen by Pollen Ranch Spices.
I hope you learned a little bit and this helped your week start off positive and tasty!
Have a great week!