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

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