The pollen of the fennel plant is home to the most intense concentration of licorice like flavors. Fennel pollen is a wonderful addition to roasted vegetables, salmon dishes as well as marinades and sauces.
If you are a fan of the savory licorice like taste of fennel, it should please you to know that the root of this vegetable isn’t the only edible component that packs a punch of flavor. Fennel Pollen is described as having all the flavors of fennel, but concentrated and sweetened just a touch.
Since Fennel Pollen is so strongly flavored, no matter how you use it, you’ll only need a pinch. The flavors of Fennel Pollen work well with roasted vegetables or as part of a spice rub for roasted poultry. It brings a lot of flavor to marinades and salad dressings and works especially well with the flavors of Salmon.
This spice is very popular in Italy and can be used to make a traditional fennel pesto, which is wonderful with any pasta dish. They also add it to plain extra virgin olive oil and use it for dipping bread.
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