Every year I plant fennel ... the bulbs for salads, the fronds for smoking chicken, but mostly I grow it for the fennel pollen to add to savory dishes and salads. This year I'm in competition with a swallowtail caterpillar for the fennel pollen. The race is on, and I'm losing. This little beauty is a voracious eater and has gotten to the fronds and pollen before me. Sometime, you just have to give in.