Anise Seed Whole
Botanical Name - Pimpinella anisum
Other Names - Anisum vulgare
Origin - Egypt
Flavor Profile - Flavor is warm, sweet and similar to licorice but not quite as strong. Pairs well with cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, and bay leaf.
Nutritional Benefits - Anise is a significant source of fiber, protein, calcium, iron, copper, phosphorus, magnesium and other nutrients.
Culinary Usages - Used in many different cuisines, including Middle Eastern, Italian, German, Indian and Mexican cooking. Anise seed flavors various shortbreads and cookies, such Biscotti and Peffernusse and other Old World traditional baked goods.
Aromatic Usages - Anise seed is to dogs what catnip is to cats. In fact, greyhounds and foxhounds are enticed to chase and fetch false prey by cloth sacks soaked in anise seed oil. Anise seed can be added to potpourri and incense blends
Anise is a member of the family of plants that includes carrots, caraway, cumin, dill, fennel, and cilantro. It has a strong licorice-like flavor and scent, and the essential oil is used to flavor licorice candy. Foods with licorice flavoring often contain anise and not any licorice at all.
Anise is used in French carrot dishes, East Indian curries, Hispanic stews, and Scandinavian breads. It balances the flavors of bay leaf and cinnamon. Anise is also used to flavor liqueurs such as ouzo, anisette, pastis, Pernod, Ricard, anesone, ojen, aguardiente, arrak, kabib, and raki.
The process of heating anise in baked goods releases compounds that act as very mild stimulants. The anethole released in grinding and baking slows the decay of the baked goods that otherwise might result from fungi or molds. Anise is also used to flavor many herbal medicines.
Warm and sweet tasting anise seed powder is used to flavor liquors, baked goods and to make a digestive after-dinner tea.
Anise seed is to dogs what catnip is to cats. In fact, greyhounds and foxhounds are enticed to chase and fetch false prey by cloth sacks soaked in anise seed oil.
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