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Wild Fennel Pollen from Antica Drogheria Francioni

Antica Drogheria Francioni

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The Treasured Tuscan Spice

There are a few choice ingredients we keep on hand for boosting the flavor of our favorite dishes—a bottle of colatura, a jar of concentrated Italian tomato paste, dried porcini mushrooms . . . but there is one secret spice in our pantry that adds depth and umami plus a dazzle of aromatic magic: Wild Fennel Pollen.

Wild Fennel Pollen—hand-harvested from the tiny yellow-green fennel flowers growing in the Tuscan countryside just before the plants go to seed—is milder yet more fragrant than fennel seed, with an intoxicating, crisp aroma of fresh fennel fronds and subtle notes of licorice and anise.

Don't take our word for it—the Wall Street Journal believes in the magic of fennel pollen too (WSJ writer Jane Black calls it "foodie fairy dust").

How to use

Just a touch of this fragrant spice will elevate any dish to something truly magical—sprinkle it over poached eggs for a transcendent breakfast, add a couple pinches to a simple marinara sauce, use to season Roasted New Potatoes with Fennel Pollen or make a flavorful rub for meats, fish & seafood with fennel pollen, coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Don't stop at savory—fennel pollen is a stunning addition to sweet dishes. Try adding a teaspoon to scones studded with Italian sour cherries, make a fennel pollen-scented vanilla gelato topped with fresh berries or use as a garnish for a flourless chocolate torte.

About the producer

When the fennel flowers that blanket Tuscany are laden with pollen, Bruno Francioni and his foragers head out to carefully harvest the flowers by hand. Next, the fennel pollen is dried in a slow and painstaking process to ensure that none of the essential oils dissipate and lose their aroma. Signor Francioni knows it's ready when the pollen has a heady aroma of anise, golden-green color and crisp texture.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 18 reviews
Ralph Bucci
Wild Fennel Pollen

This is a must have! I use this sparingly to add a delicious aroma and flavor to my cooking and salads.

Ralph Favero

Wild Fennel Pollen from Antica Drogheria Francioni

Anyone who's even thinking about purchasing this...

...should take into consideration the fennel-pollen-encrusted pork tenderloin suggested in the review below. I have to second how good it is. I bought a tiny little jar of pollen just to try it out, but after making that dish over this past weekend I'm going to have to buy the bigger size next time. Crazy amazing. This has been really good sprinkled on ravioli and mixed into vinaigrettes as well. Products like this are the reason I love Market Hall!

A Surprising Ingredient

This makes a surprising addition to many dishes with its subtle yet intense flavors. My favorite recent discovery is using a dusting of fennel pollen on a charcuterie plate. Thin slices of Palacios chorizo, for example, get a surprising bump in flavor from a slight dusting of the pollen. An apple and fennel slaw that I make as an accompaniment for pan-cooked fish is much livelier with a dusting of the pollen - it doesn't so much increase the fennel flavor as add a deeper quality to the flavors, a subtle earthiness that is seductive.

Intense fennel flavor

One of the best additions you can make to your spice collection. I have been using this product for many years and cannot imagine not having it available for m y cooking. Makes a great gift for a foodie friend.