anise seed  
Aniseed balls


Aniseed, also called Anise (pronounced “ann-is”) is the fruit or seed from the flowering plant, Pimpinella anisum. This herbaceous, flowering annual plant is a member of the parsley family, and related to caraway, dill, cumin, and fennel.

Aniseed is native to the eastern Mediterranean region and has been highly valued since ancient times. Aniseeds have a distinctive licorice-like flavor and have been used for medicinal purposes throughout history, especially as a digestive aid. The seeds are also used whole or crushed as a flavoring in various foods, from baked goods and sweets to liquours such as the infamous absinthe or the Greek liqueur ouzo.



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