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Why You Should Roast Fennel

Fennel sparks controversy. You either love its intense anise flavors—or hate them. To those in the latter camp, I like to ask: Have you tried fennel roasted? While heat of any kind mellows this bulbous vegetable’s licorice notes and turns its fibrous texture luxuriously creamy, roasting coaxes out hidden flavors, recalibrating how it tastes. The result: a nutty, savory-sweet vegetable that’s the perfect accompaniment to almost any dish.

Fennel’s multilayered structure presents

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