What Are Some Good Substitutes for Fennel?

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Q: Are there any good aromatic substitutes for fennel? I know it’s practically heresy, but any ingredients that evoke the taste or scent of licorice, no matter how subtle, are anathema to me, and fennel is no exception.

I’m often intrigued by recipes that use fennel, but am wondering if there is another aromatic that could be used in its place that would complement the flavor profile of ingredients that are often paired with fennel (like citrus fruits, olives, etc.), rather than omit the aromatic component entirely.

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Editor: Readers, do you have any recommendations for a tasty fennel substitute? Herbaceous greens like celery leaves and lovage come to mind.