1868, William Nathaniel White, J. Van Buren, James Camak, Gardening for the South, page 328.
Fennel is a good deal used, in continental Europe, in soups, fish-sauces, garnishes, and salads. It is also considerably used in England, but less with us. The Italians blanch and eat the stalks of one variety called Finochie, like celery.