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Also Known As : Aniseed, Valaiti saunf or Aawonf, Muhuri, Sweet cumin
Technical Name : Pimpinella anisum


Taste Profile

It has a licorice flavor that is sweet, mildly spicy, and very aromatic.

Usage Tips

  1. Anise can be used in candies and pastries.
  2. It is used as a spice, either ground or whole.
  3. It can be widely used as a flavoring and can also be found in many liquors, baked goods and tea.
  4. It should be stored in an air-tight containers in the cool, dry place and also far from direct sunlight.

Common names and forms

  1. Anise Seeds
  2. Aniseed
  3. Sounf Whole
  4. Thin Aniseed


Anise is basically an annual plant which is cultivated widely throughout the world. The plant is totally covered with fine hair. Aniseed has a characteristic agreeable odour and a pleasant aromatic taste. It is an herb and spice which is present most often as a seed or in leaf form. It is ground-grey to greyish brown in colour and oval in shape with short stalk attached. It is native to the East Mediterranean region. It is used in Middle Eastern, Italian, German, Indian, and Mexican cooking. It is widely cultivated in Italy, Mexico, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Germany, South America, Syria, Turkey, Spain, and UK.

Health benefits

  • Anise helps to prevent constipation.(1)
  • It helps to boost lactation due to the presence of dianthrone and photoantheole.(1)
  • It heps to treat insomnia.(1)
  • It helps to promote body metabolism system.(1)
  • It also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent that helps to prevent the inflammation including arthritis and rheumatism.(1)

Selection Guide

Anise can be obtained in both dried and grounded form.


Excess consumption of anise can cause gastrointestinal problems, respiratory tract issues and allergic reactions.(2)

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