Fennel Frond Pesto

Recently I got fennel inside my Misfits Market box (more on the box below). I had no idea what to do with it! I had never cooked with it before. Taking to Instagram and Pinterest, I got a few ideas. Most seem to use the bulb and the fronds separately, so that’s what I did.


Use this anyway you would regular pesto! It’s super garlicky since I love garlic, but feel free to use less if you prefer that. Mix this pesto with mayo, and spread it on lettuce wraps, sandwiches, or anything of the sort. Use it to grill meats or bake with.

Misfits Market

I recently signed up for Misfits Market to avoid the grocery stores during the pandemic, but I love it and think I will keep it! You get to try a variety of veggies and fruits you otherwise may not have branched out to. They ship right to your door, everything is organic, and the best part is that it’s discounted produce! They source produce that is less attractive than what you see in the grocery store, in order to get it discounted. Nothing is wrong with it, it’s just maybe grown in an odd shape or has slight bruising. Use code COOKWME-WV8XBA at checkout for 25% off your first box!

How to store

After blending, place the pesto in a glass jar. Smooth the top with a spoon, and lightly pour more olive oil on top. When placed in the fridge, the oil will harden and seal the top, and it will last much longer than without it.

Fennel Pesto

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins


  • 1 bunch fennel fronds
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil plus more for drizzling


  • Rough chop the fronds and garlic, and add all ingredients to a blender.
  • Blend, pausing to push everything down and pour more olive oil in as needed.
  • Store in a glass container in the fridge, with extra oil on top to seal the pesto.

Allergen Friendly

Traditionally, pesto is made with nuts. Since I have a tree nut allergy, I obviously avoid them and always look for substitutions. Pumpkin seeds do a great job of keeping the pesto allergen friendly while also keeping the same traditional texture.

15 thoughts on “Fennel Frond Pesto”

  1. This looks amazing! I am seriously making this tonight. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe. I have been looking for a good pesto sauce.

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