Home & Garden1 min ago
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Many thanks for all your answers. I've eaten fennel for many years but it seems that for the last few years it has been sadly lacking in flavour. I made a dish over the weekend that had a whole bulb of fennel in it and there was no taste of fennel whatsoever. When we ate the leftovers, I added fennel seeds so that I could taste how it should have been. I've allocated some space in the garden to grow my own.
I find that Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and lots of other stuff is rather tasteless nowadays. Some explanations:- 1 They have been bred tasteless to cater for modern tastes; snowflakes won't eat their greens if they have a taste. 2 We are growing older and losing our sense of taste. Wrinklies can't taste anything cos their tongues are like leather strops. 3 Covid.
As allotment holders for over 40 years we find that no shop bought veg tastes anything like the homegrown variety eaten in season. Carrots and tomatoes are probably the worst offenders, even if you buy organic expensive ones "grown for flavour". I can't comment specifically about fennel as I loathe the stuff.