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Crockett, California (just nor
Dec 30, 2017 2:32 PM CST
"Wild" Fennel grows profusely where i live in Northern California; is the bulb edible, or entirely different from the cultivated Fennel bulb i find in the grocery stores??
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Dec 30, 2017 3:48 PM CST
If its truly wild fennel, there is no bulb, just a big root. The root is not edible but the fronds are very edible.

Where I grew up (100 miles due east of you) we had wild fennel and wild asperagus.
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Name: Shea Rodriguez
Sutherlin, OR (Zone 8b)
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Dec 30, 2017 6:47 PM CST
I'm just north of you in Oregon and bought some fennel starts from an Oregon nursery business. It's in its third year and no bulb. I knew it grows wild here, but just this past summer got into cooking with fennel bulb. Bummer because I dug up a whole bunch of my fennel that spread and no bulbs :(. Now that I know, I'll look for a suitable cultivar to replace all the fennel that I dug up that won't produce a bulb.
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