The Anise seed comes from the herb of the same name. The herb has many medicinal uses. It can also be used as flavoring for some cuisines.
The Anise herb can grow up to 0.6m tall. The plant can be cultivated in many areas around the world. The plant has yellow flowers. It also has feather-shaped leaves. The Anise seed has a brownish-green color. Also, the seed has ridges on its sides. The seed is also used for medicines or in food.
The Anise seed is usually harvested at autumn. This is the season when they are ripe. Also, the seed has a unique scent. It has an anethole-like smell. It also has a taste similar to licorice.
There are traditional uses to the Anise seed. It has a long history of being a spice. It was also used as a fragrance. Records state that it has been cultivated since the Ancient Egyptian era. It has been used for more than 4,000 years. Since these times, it has been used to treat toothaches. It was also used to treat digestive problems.
In Ancient Greek history, the Anise seed was used to help breathing. It was also used to provoke urine. It can also ease thirst.
It was not until the 1800’s that the herb, and its parts, were sold commercially.
As a fragrance, the herb can be found as an ingredient in soaps. It can also be added to food, creams, and perfumes.
It is widely used in many food categories. These include:
- dairy products.
The Anise seed can also aid in improving breath. It is used as a breath freshener. It can also be an anti-spasmodic. This settles the digestive system. It can also be a carminative. This allows a safe passage for gases to travel out of the body.