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Anise seed 20g

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Anise seed 20g

 

What Is Anise

Anise seed is used as a spice, either ground or whole. Anise essential oil and extract are also made from the seeds.  The seeds are small, brownish-grey, and slightly curved, with an aroma of licoricey. The plant also has aromatic leaves and stems that can be used as an herb, tasting like licoricey, fennel or tarragon.

 

What Does It Taste Like

Anise has a licoricey flavour that is sweet, mildly spicy, and very aromatic. This flavour is produced by anethole, an organic compound related to estragole, which produces flavours in tarragon and basil. One key characteristic of anethole is that it is very soluble in alcohol but only slightly soluble in water. As a result, when you add water to liqueurs that contain anise extract, the drink turns cloudy. This is known as the ouzo effect after one of the characteristic anise-flavoured liqueurs.

 

Cooking

Anise seed (whole or ground) can be added to the dough for baked goods, fruit fillings for pies, and ground meat before baking. Anise extract can be used in baked goods and to flavour drinks such as coffee or hot chocolate. The seeds can also be used to brew a licoricey-flavoured tea.


Anise seed is the flavouring for a number of alcoholic beverages, including anisette, ouzo, sambuca, and absinthe. The slight candy-like flavour has made them popular as after dinner or dessert drinks. They can also be used to add flavour to coffee.