Blood oranges are very much in vogue. A few years ago I could only buy them from a couple of stalls at the Queen Victoria Market but now they appear to be quite common.
fennel bulbs, 2 medium-sized (400- 500g approx.)
extra-virgin olive oil, ½ cup
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
blood oranges, 2-3
Remove any outer layers of the fennel which look damaged, trim the base and top and discard. Keep any young, soft fennel fronds to add to the salad. Slice the fennel bulbs in half vertically and then continue to cut the fennels into thin slices.
Although fennel bulbs may look similar in shape there are two differently shaped bulbs and each is identified by its sex – the round are known as the maschi (the male fennel) and the slightly flattened shapes are the femmine (females).
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