Anise (Pimpinella anisum) is a perennial herbaceous plant known for its small, aromatic anise seeds that have captivated the culinary and medicinal worlds for centuries. Originating in the Eastern Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia, anise is a member of the Apiaceae family, which also includes well-known relatives such as parsley, caraway, and fennel.
The distinctive, sweet, licorice-like flavour of anise has made them a sought-after ingredient in a wide variety of dishes and beverages. From spicing up savoury recipes to providing the base for traditional liquors like anisette, ouzo, and arak, these versatile seeds have carved out a unique niche in the world of gastronomy. Anise seeds are also commonly used in baked goods and sweets, such as the famous Italian biscotti and German springerle cookies.