Seasons Greetings Refresh your pantry with these three unexpected additions. Fennel Pollen While this spice, harvested from wild fennel plants, is well known among professional chefs, it’s not yet gained popularity in household kitchens. But it’s on its way. “I’m selling more of it lately, so it’s getting there,” says Karen Marks, owner of Heather’s Heat & Flavor. A little goes a long way as it provides a more intense fennel taste and adds a complexity that regular fennel just doesn’t quite muster.