Anise Details

Anise, or Aniseed as it is sometimes known as, is one of the main components of Absinthe and is the main flavoring in Ouzo, a Greek alcoholic drink.

Its botanical period is Pimpinella Anisum and it’s also a spice which is often used in cooking and for seasoning candies like liquorice. Even though it features a liquorice taste, it is not connected with the herb liquorice or licorice.

Anise is a flowering plant and is a member of the “Apiaceae” class of plants which are aromatic with hollow stems. The Apiaceae family involves fennel (yet another ingredient of Absinthe), carrots, parsnip, cumin, coriander and also caraway. Anise is a herbaceous annual and it grows naturally in Southwest Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Anise together with Medicine

Anise has several medicinal uses:-
– Being an antiseptic.
– To take care of insomnia.
– To manage scorpion stings (when blended with wine)
– To ease toothache.
– As an antispasmodic.
– To treat indigestion.
– To help remedy coughs, colds and bronchitis.
– To take care of parasites, lice and scabies.
– Being a breath freshener.

It is used in the production of cough medicines and lozenges and used widely by aromatherapists.

Anise and Food preparation

Anise is used in numerous sweets and candies – aniseed balls, aniseed wheels and plenty of other candies throughout the world. Additionally it is employed in Indian cooking, Middle Eastern cooking food, in cakes and cookies, stews, pickles and with fish.

Anise and Alcoholic drinks

It is a key ingredient in lots of alcoholic drinks across the world including:-
– Ouzo coming from Greece.
– Raki from Turkey.
– Sambuca from Italy.
– Arak, the Arabic beverage.
– Pastis – the French aperitif.
– Absinthe – with other spices and herbs like wormwood, fennel, lemon balm, hyssop, angelica root, star anise, juniper, dittany, veronica and nutmeg.

Anise is usually created to develop types of root beer in the US and also to make a Mexican hot cocoa style drink referred to as champurrado.

When Absinthe was banned in 1915 in France because of its debatable herbal ingredient Wormwood, many companies and distilleries desired to make an Absinthe alternative French company Pernod, who first developed Absinthe, made Pernod Pastis. Pastis had many of the ingredients of Absinthe and its aniseed flavor but without wormwood. Absinthe is already legal in several countries around the globe and so is back being produced.

In the United States today, thujone, the chemical in wormwood, remains strictly regulated so normal Absinthe is still illegal. An American distillery is already making an Absinthe with small quantities of thujone referred to as Absinthe Verte. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) will only allow quantities of as much as 10 ppm of thujone so the distillery, St George, are staying with the principles and also have created an Absinthe that is reduced in thujone.

St George Absinthe Verte is made from brandy and herbs including wormwood, basil (that has an aniseed flavor), anise, fennel, tarragon and mint.

Anise can be found in Absinthe essences from online companies like who create essences for the Absinthe industry and then for people to mix from home with vodka or Everclear to produce their very own Absinthe liquor resources. These essences also contain the vital Absinthe ingredient wormwood. No Absinthe is complete minus the flavor of anise and the bitter flavor of wormwood.