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Fennel, on the Wild Side

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In northern California, a new kind of weed is popping up through sidewalk cracks and taking over empty lots. Unlike weeds as we know them, though, this one is hardly a nuisance.

With its signature wispy fronds and yellow blossoms, wild fennel is the latest in edible weeds. Harvest it while it's still young, tender, and full of pollen, and you’ll have a new anise flavor to add to your of summer dishes. Because that's the only thing to do when life gives you free ingredients: pick them, then eat them. Now go forth and forage.

Weeds You Can Eat from Gardenista