Seed Saving: Beginner
Romanesco Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Romanesco Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare): this well-known Mediterranean species is a must in the winter gardens of the Central South Italy, it is indeed because after a moon that has passed at temperatures below 5-7º, it passes from the vegetative state to flowering, regardless of the size of the plant.
The part from the Fennel to be eaten is the “Grumolo”, that is the set of white fleshy leafs that create the short stem.
It needs constant irrigation and mild temperatures. It can be sown from beginning of Summer to the end, always considering the latitude comparing the average temperatures with the crop cycle.
Fennel can also be bleached, but more easily than other vegetables. In fact, it is enough to tuck the stem during the last month before harvest so that it does not receive any light, and when harvested, it will be of a beautiful, intense, white color.