Anise (Pimpinella anisum, also anis (stressed on the second syllable) and aniseed) is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae native to the eastern Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia.
Anise is primarily associated with cakes, biscuits and confectionery, as well as rye breads. It is used in much the same way as fennel to flavour fish, poultry, soups and root vegetable dishes. Numerous alcoholic drinks and cordials are flavoured with aniseed. Anise is also used to flavour medicines and to scent soaps and perfumes.
Medicinal uses :
Anise, like fennel, contains anethole, a phytoestrogen. Anise is used in the manufacture of many commercial cough syrups and sore throat medications. Anise can also be used to relieve menstrual cramps.
It is known for its flavour, which resembles liquorice, fennel and tarragon.
Anise is sweet and very aromatic, distinguished by its liquorice-like flavour
Other names :
Aniseed, Sweet Cumin
It must not be confused with star anise (illicium verum).