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We’re As Obsessed with Fennel As Oprah

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Over the weekend, Oprah Winfrey took to Instagram to post a picture of her face obscured by tall, verdant fronds of fennel. “What to do with all this dill?” she asked in her caption, noting it was #harvestday. Yes, that’s right. She mislabeled the fennel as dill.

What to do with all this Dill? #Harvestday

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Jamie Oliver was quick to offer a correction to Oprah in the comments section ("That's fennel mate," he quipped, offering a suggestion to fry it slowly and delicately until it's sweet). He is, of course, correct to sing fennel's praises. It’s a dazzlingly versatile plant, endowed with a bewitching perfume that resembles the smell of anise; its bulbs, stalks, and fronds offer various possibilities for pleasure that remain unexplored.

Epicurious took this gaffe as an opportunity to correct Oprah, referring to her as "sweetie." Some found this a touch condescending. If anyone can defy our previously agreed-upon linguistic parameters and understanding of produce, after all, it’s Oprah. If fennel is dill now, so be it. Let Oprah call it whatever she wants.

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Yet this semantic debate belies a more urgent question: What will she do with all that fennel? Oprah, we have some ideas. Here are some of our favorite fennel recipes.

Couscous, Fennel, Mint, and Roasted Lemon Salad
Couscous, Fennel, Mint, and Roasted Lemon Salad
Spring Fennel & Dandelion Green Slaw

Spring Fennel & Dandelion Green Slaw by seasonista

Freekeh Salad with Fennel and Mint

Freekeh Salad with Fennel and Mint by drbabs

Garganelli with Lobster and Caramelized Fennel Purée

Garganelli with Lobster and Caramelized Fennel Purée by Josh Cohen

Caramelized Fennel, Leek, and Orange Salad

Caramelized Fennel, Leek, and Orange Salad by em-i-lis

Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cumin and Fennel
Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cumin and Fennel
Farro Risotto with Caramelized Apples and Fennel
Farro Risotto with Caramelized Apples and Fennel
Mussels with Fennel, Italian Sausage & Pernod
Mussels with Fennel, Italian Sausage & Pernod
Shaved Fennel Salad

Shaved Fennel Salad by Tara Redfield

Roasted Sausage with Broccoli and Fennel

Roasted Sausage with Broccoli and Fennel by EmilyC

Italian "Sausage" Sandwiches with Spicy Grilled Peppers and Fennel-Onion Mustard
Italian "Sausage" Sandwiches with Spicy Grilled Peppers and Fennel-Onion Mustard
Leek, Fennel and Mushroom Galette
Leek, Fennel and Mushroom Galette
Molly Stevens' Roasted Fennel, Red Onion, and Orange Salad
Molly Stevens' Roasted Fennel, Red Onion, and Orange Salad
Fennel and Mushroom Paté with Grainy Mustard

Fennel and Mushroom Paté with Grainy Mustard by Laura Wright | The First Mess

Shaved Fennel and Apple Salad with Sultanas, Mint, and Almonds

Shaved Fennel and Apple Salad with Sultanas, Mint, and Al... by gingerroot

Lemon + Olive Oil Marinated Fennel with Burrata + Mint
Lemon + Olive Oil Marinated Fennel with Burrata + Mint
Crispy Cream-Braised Potatoes and Fennel

Crispy Cream-Braised Potatoes and Fennel by EmilyC

Rigatoni with Fennel and Veal Sausage

Rigatoni with Fennel and Veal Sausage by Cristina Sciarra

Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Focaccia with Apricot Jam, Caramelized Onion, and Fennel
Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Focaccia with Apricot Jam, Caramelized Onion, and Fennel
Shaved Fennel and Tuna Salad with Preserved Lemon
Shaved Fennel and Tuna Salad with Preserved Lemon
Fennel and Coconut Tart

Fennel and Coconut Tart by Green Kitchen Stories

Celery and Fennel Gratin

Celery and Fennel Gratin by inpatskitchen

Orange-Fennel Mostarda
Orange-Fennel Mostarda
Apple and Fennel Soup

Apple and Fennel Soup by Beth Kirby | {local milk}

Cauliflower Fennel Salad with Roasted Lemon & Shallot Salsa Verde

Cauliflower Fennel Salad with Roasted Lemon & Shallot Sal... by Ali Slagle

What's your favorite way to cook fennel? Let us know in the comments.

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