Fennel seed

photo by Ballard Avenue

Fennel. A controversial plant around here. We used to get a box of organic produce each week. The farmer liked her fennel a bit too much for us. So, how many fennel bulbs can you eat in a week? Well, around here it's not many, as in none. Nada. No mas, señora, por favor.

We agree that the bulbs should be left in the ground as compost, but the seeds are another matter. Some of us here like fennel seed. It adds a certain something to tomato sauce. Some call it substance. Others call it skank. There will be peace in the Middle East before this dispute is resolved.