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Anise seeds and ground anise powder

Anise seeds and ground anise powder.

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Definition: Anise is a plant with aromatic leaves and stems that taste like liquorice, fennel or tarragon.

The leaves of the anise plant can be used as an herb. The seeds of the anise plant, called aniseed or anise seeds, are used as a spice, either ground or whole. Aniseed is used in a various baked goods and desserts, for example Italian biscotti. Anise seeds are frequently used in making sausage.

Anise seeds are the basis for a number of alcoholic beverages, including absinthe, anisette, ouzo and sambuca.

Despite its similar name, anise is not related to star anise, which is another spice from a different family of plants.
Pronunciation: AH-nees or a-NEES

Also see: Quiz: Is it an Herb or a Spice?
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