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