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Cantino Fennel

In this Plant Profile, get specific details, including the characteristics and best uses of Cantino Fennel, one of seven Plant Profiles featured in our Fennel Collection.

Cantino Fennel

Cantino Fennel

Cantino Fennel is a variety of Florence Fennel—the “bulbing” type of fennel that is great for cooking. Cantino Fennel is a bolt-resistant plant that is good for early planting and has a long growing season. Try slicing the bulbs thinly for a salad or slaw. Roast the bulbs to caramelized sweetness for a terrific vegetable side dish. Or use the fronds as an herb-flavoring for sauces and soups.

Cantino Fennel is easy to grow and is a hardy plant—it can be grown in containers and started indoors, too.

Characteristics:

  • Grows up to 3 feet tall and 1 1/2 feet across
  • Develops pale green oval or round bulbs at soil level
  • Feathery dark green tops
  • Likes a lot of sun, but not scorching heat
  • Likes cooler temperatures and can even tolerate a light frost
  • Moderate watering requirements
  • Sweet anise-celery flavor

Have you tried Cantino Fennel? Tell us how it tasted to you compared to other varieties by commenting below.

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