Anise Health Benefits, Nutrition and Herb Facts
Health Benefits of Eating Anise Herb
Overview and Facts about Anise Herb
Anise or aniseed (scientific name Pimpinella anisum) is an herb that belongs to Apiaceae family, just like fennel. Caraway, cumin and dill are also come from the same family.
Licorice, another type of herb, carries the same flavor but it is actually a totally different plant that belongs to a different family. Moreover, as aniseed oil is usually used to boost the taste of licorice candy, differentiating their flavors can be hard.
Even though star anise carries the same name and has the same unique aromatic substance, anethole, as anise, the former belongs to the Illiciaceae family that is unrelated.
Like some other members in the family, anise can grow to 45 to 120 cm tall with feathery green leaves. Its flowers are white in color, and the fruit, which resembles ribbed seeds, is greenish-brown or grey-green when ripe.
The plant's stems, which contain the same taste as the seeds, are consumed as a vegetable. Meanwhile, the seeds are usually used in cookies (e.g. German springerle and Italian biscotti), in bread, as well as in sausage. In addition, Anise seeds can also be included as a flavoring in hoisin and curry. Anise oil is commonly used in many liqueurs such as ouzo, anisette, and liquor absinthe. Besides, the oil may also be found in toothpaste, cough syrups, chewing gum, and soap.
Facts and Calories
|Nutritional Value of 1 tablespoon (6 g) Anise Seeds|
|Total Fat||1 g|
|Total Carbohydrates||3 g|
|Dietary Fiber||1 g|
Make: 1 cup
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon dried anise herb leaves
1 teaspoon honey
In the hot water, steep the anise leaves for 5 minutes. Strain the leaves out, then add in the honey and serve.
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