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.
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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