Ground Anise Seeds
Anise seed is native to the Middle East and the eastern Mediterranean, and closely related to caraway, cumin, dill and fennel. It has a licorice-like sweet flavor and is widely used to flavor cakes, cookies, breads and fruit dishes.
We grind it in small batches because as with all spices, it tends to lose flavor after being ground. Ground anise combines well with cinnamon and powdered bay leaves to flavor fish, pork or game.