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Fennel Citrus Smoothie

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I love licorice and it all started in the womb.  Yep, you heard me right, in the womb!  When my mother was pregnant with me, she CRAVED black licorice like there was no tomorrow.  She ate it non-stop.  I use to always tease that if you were to cut my skin, I would bleed black.  Stumbling upon this amazing vegetable has given me warm fuzzes in knowing I get some of that licorice flavor that I so adore in a fresh, raw version!   Fennel is composed of a white or pale green bulb from which closely superimposed stalks are arranged. The stalks are topped with feathery green leaves near which flowers grow and produce fennel seeds.  The bulb, stalk, leaves and seeds are all edible.  This turned out to be one of my all time favorites!  Wow!  The citrus helps to cut the green and there is a hint of fennel flavor that lingers in the back of your throat. I will be making this one again!

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Blend water, spinach and fennel in the blender first.  This will help with the texture.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  3. **I add a handful of ice to my smoothies too.**

Tip to always remember!

Nutrtional Value:

Star Ingredient…Fennel!

How to Select and Store

Good quality fennel will have bulbs that are clean, firm and solid, without signs of splitting, bruising or spotting. The bulbs should be whitish or pale green in color. The stalks should be relatively straight and closely superimposed around the bulb and should not splay out to the sides too much. Both the stalks and the leaves should be green in color. There should be no signs of flowering buds as this indicates that the vegetable is past maturity. Fresh fennel should have a fragrant aroma, smelling subtly of licorice or anise. Fennel is usually available from autumn through early spring.

Store fresh fennel in the refrigerator crisper, where it should keep fresh for about four days. Yet, it is best to consume fennel soon after purchase since as it ages, it tends to gradually lose its flavor.

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