Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Harvest: One Large Fennel

We've been watching the growth of this sucker for months now. It's been the pride of our very dismal winter harvest and last night, it was the pride of our very delicious dinner*. As a celebration of this glorious fennel, The Beetle Shack's facebook page has gone green (and so has my hair).  We're now eagerly awaiting the harvest of our first ever asparagus crop - it's only been about 3 weeks since we planted and now we have this!!

*Fennel and Orange Salad 

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 4 oranges
  • 2 small (600g) fennel bulbs, trimmed, finely sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed Continental parsley leaves
  • Orange vinaigrette

  • 100mls olive oil
  • 80mls (1/3 cup) fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • Salt & ground black pepper


  1. Finely grate the rind from 1 orange and reserve. Peel and segment all oranges.
  2. To make the orange vinaigrette mix the reserved orange find with the olive oil, orange juice, mustard and salt and pepper to taste in a screw-top jar. Shake well.
  3. Toss the orange segments with the fennel and red onion in a bowl to combine. Place on a serving plate or in a serving bowl, sprinkle with the parsley and pour over the orange vinaigrette.


  1. That's wonderful! I can't wait to get my garden started :-D

  2. Ahh! That is so wonderful! And that salad sounds amazing! Enjoy!

  3. Perfect timing, I got some fennel in my vege box this week so was wondering what to do with it.I might give this a try. Thanks.

  4. WOW! That is huge! So rewarding isn't' is?

  5. What a fantasticly huge fennel! That recipe looks good - think I'll have to give it a go in the not-too-far-distant future.
    BTW, I gave your "ooblek" a go yesterday with the boys (or a variation of it), and they had a blast! :) Think I used a bit too much food colouring though.

  6. FAR OUT!!.. our winter crop has been close to zero.. can't wait to get planting for spring summer x

  7. Your garden goods are too good! Do you have any recommendations for books / websites / blogs for first timers? I'd like to start my own garden but I've got no idea where to start for soil, what to plant when etc ...

    A library trip might be in order ...

  8. That is one hellova fennel! Congratualtions. Thanks for sharing your recipe, sound delicious. I find fennel to be quite an underrated veggie here in Australia - it was one of my favourites when I lived in Italy, and is used extensively there. Thanks for bringing me back to fennel.

  9. If you planted your asparagus only this season I dont think you should take anything from it for the first year (sorry to burst any bubbles!). I was told this by a very wise old allotment owner in the UK and his muddy hands made me think he knew what he was talking about!

  10. What an awesome fennel. I'm making this tonight. (:

    1. ps I loved it. And I must confess I'd never ever eaten raw fennel bulb and seriously, it is my new favourite food. A delicious cross between cucumber and celery with that soft aniseed flavour. You've opened my eyes.

  11. Fabulous Em! You clever things, must be really fertile soil. I did catch a glimpse of your green hair on Facebook the other day, very sexy :) xo

  12. Hi!

    I've got fennel and oranges in my veg box this week so looking forward to trying this one! .... Any advice on what other dishes you eat this with?

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em