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Kitchen Dictionary: anise

Pronounced: AN-ihss

Sweet licorice-flavored tiny oval greenish-brown seeds, from the parsley family and with a history that stretches back to 1500 B.C. Flavors drinks such as Pastis, Arrack, Anisette, and Ouzo. Anisette is a clear, very sweet liqueur made with anise seeds.


Season: available year-round

How to store: Stay flavorful for up to one year in a cool, dark, dry place

How to prepare: Used in cookies, desserts and some savory dishes.

Matches well with: beets, breads, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, desserts, fish, melon sauerkraut, seafood

Substitutions: fennel, caraway, star anise, chervil or a few drops of anise extract per tsp

More Anise Recipes
Popular Anise Recipes
Ya Mamma's Frosted Anise Cookies (Copycat)
Aunt Dunette's Italian Anise Biscotti
Italian Anise Cookies With Icing and Sprinkles

Nutrition Facts

Calculated for 1 tbsp, whole
Amount Per Serving %DV
Calories 22
Calories from Fat 9 (42%)
Total Fat 1.1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Potassium 96mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 3.4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1.0g 3%
Sugars 1.0g
Protein 1.2g 2%

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