Fennel is a vegetable that forms a just above ground level. It has a furnish type leaf system and the leaves can be chopped and used as flavoring in your salads. The taste is licorice. The best part of the plant is the bulb. Cut off the roots and the leaves and stalks and quarter the bulb. move the hard core inside and then slice the bulb. Toss it with orange segments and a little olive oil for a wonderful salad treat.