In a mortar and pestle, pound the garlic and fennel fronds. Add salt and a little olive oil to the garlic mixture.
Heat a little olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat and evenly brown the fennel pieces. Transfer the fennel to a baking sheet and rub with the garlic mixture. Add the water and cover with aluminum foil. Bake until you can pierce the fennel with a fork. Remove the foil and finish roasting until all the liquid has cooked away.
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