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.
In the Middle East, the seed is dry roasted until aromatic before using in fish and vegetable curries. Drinks like Ouzo, Arrack, Anisette and Pastis are flavored with anise.
Flavor of Anise Seeds
This seed is sweet and licoricey and pairs well with allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper.
Uses of Anise Seeds
Flavor baked goods like cakes, breads, and cookies. Roast the seeds until aromatic before using in curries. Add to sweet fruit dishes.
Anise Seeds Recipe
For 2-3 T of mix: Blend 1 cinnamon stick and 1 bay leaf with 6 green cardamom pods, 2 t anise seeds, 1 t cracked ginger, 1/2 t cloves, and 1/4 t black peppercorns