This heart-healthy, potassium-rich spring vegetable has a crisp texture and unique licorice (anise) flavor. Since eating a high-potassium diet helps the body get rid of excess sodium and ultimately helps to lower blood pressure
, you'll want to take full advantage of this under-the-radar produce gem. The pale bulb end can be sliced and enjoyed raw or cooked, and the dark-green feathery fronds can be used for garnish, much like fresh herbs. Try roasting fennel with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a savory side dish, or combine thinly sliced raw fennel with grapefruit or orange segments for a refreshing salad.