Anise or Aniseed, less commonly known as anís (stressed on the first syllable) is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native to the eastern Mediterranean region and southwest Asia.
Botanical Name Pimpinella anisum
Aniseed is a herbaceous annual plant growing to 50 cm tall. The leaves at the base of the plant are simple, 2-5 cm long and shallowly lobed, while leaves higher on the stems are feathery pinnate, divided into numerous leaflets. The flowers are white, 3 mm diameter, produced in dense umbels. The fruit is an oblong dry schizocarp, 3-5 mm long.
Traditional Uses for Aniseed:-
Anise is used to make the famous British confectionary and sweet beloved by young boys – Aniseed balls and the old fashioned New Zealand confectionary, Aniseed wheels. Anise oil is used to make Italian cookies called pizzelles, and used in the frosting of yellow Italian cake-like cookies called “Drops” or “Anise Drops”.
Anise leaves and a concoction made from the seeds is used to treat digestive problems, to relieve toothache, and its essential oil is used to treat lice and scabies
Anise is also the main flavor of Absinthe as well as being used as a flavoring for pastis, ouzo, raki, and other liqueurs.