Photo and description from Johnny's Seeds (www.johnnyseeds.com)
Vigorous leaf production and sweet flavor. Nonbulbing type. We found Grosfruchtiger to be the most flavorful fennel in our trials. Leaves are a nice addition to salads, coleslaw, and dressings. Flavor in fennel develops and intensifies as plants mature. Very young plants (baby-leaf stage) will have a mild fennel flavor, while mature plants (8-12" tall) will have a fuller fennel flavor.
Edible Flowers: The florets are used to garnish savory dishes, and pair well with fish, potato, tomato, and beef dishes. Flavor is of sweet anise.