ingredient information
Fennel Organic
There are numberous cultivated varieties of fennel, including the showy bronze fennel (Foeniculum vulgare var., purpureum)-which has feathery copper-colored leaves, blushed with a dark purple tinge-and Florence fennel, or finocchio (F. vulgare var azoricum)-which swells at the base of the stem to form an edible bulb. Fennel seed is a small, greenish-brown seed from the "common fennel," one of the two fennel types, and used to flavor cookies, Italian sausages, roasts and liqueurs. Florence fennel, the other type, is a celerylike plant with leathery foliage and a bulbous base that's eaten as a vegetable, sauteed or raw in salads. FENNEL is another herb which has a hot, sweet flavor. Fennel comes in seed form and adds zest to pies and baked fruit desserts. Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled "organic," a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified,