Anise is a member of the Apiaceae family, which also include cumin, fennel, carrot, dill, coriander and caraway. This spice is best known for its licorice-like flavor. Foods with licorice flavoring often contain anise and not any licorice at all. Used in many different cuisines, including Middle Eastern, Italian, German, Indian and Mexican cooking.
Flavor & Pairing: The small, brown-grey seeds are slightly curved with a scent similar to licorice with a sweet fruity taste. The flavor pairs well with apples, stewed fruits, beef (especially in stew), sausage and sharp cheeses. Anise seed is also known to balance the flavors of bay leaf and cinnamon.
Culinary Uses: Anise seed flavors various shortbreads and cookies, and go well with apples, chestnuts, figs, fish and seafood, nuts, pumpkin and root vegetables.
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