Fennel, Selma Fino (Organic)
Foeniculum vulgare. 80 days.
Another stellar bulbing/Florence fennel with an excellent sweet anise-like flavor that mellows with cooking. In organic farm trials throughout western Oregon, Selma Fino is usually the sweetest tasting. Takes about 80 days to form full-sized bulbs, however it can be harvested sooner at a smaller size. Very white bulbs are fairly uniform and won’t prematurely bolt if planted in spring. Tops can be used as a fresh herb, adding a very mellow fennel flavor to dishes or salads. Unique compared to other bulb type fennel, some plants have a perennial nature.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil March through late July. Transplant into the garden once plants have 3 true leaves. May also be direct sown. We recommend spacing at 12 inches.
Seed saving can be challenging for this bolt-resistant variety, as plants need to overwinter but are not necessarily winter-hardy in our area. If possible, save seed from at least 30 plants to avoid inbreeding. Isolate by ¼ mile from other varieties.