Coro Foods Finocchiona $14.95

Fennel grows wild all over Italy.

It’s a common sight in many of the country’s regional cuisines: You’ll find the bulb, fronds, seeds and even the pollen used as ingredients in dishes, and many families eat thin slices of the bulb as a digestive aid between courses or at the end of a large meal. It’s no wonder finocchiona—either the aged, firm style made by Coro or its fresher, crumbly version, sbriciolona—is a staple cured meat. Legend has it—or maybe call it a tall tale—that a thief wandering a market in Prato, a town in Tuscany, stole a salami from a street hawker, stashing it in a field of wild fennel (another common sight in Italy). The salami supposedly absorbed the fennel’s heady taste before the thief retrieved it and discovered a winning combination.

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We prefer this salami as an addition to a charcuterie board, snack or picnic spread, so that its distinctive flavor doesn’t get lost in a recipe.

Kitchen Notes

Shelf-stable; refrigeration not required.

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