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Anise

Anise (Pimpinella anisum)

Description

Anise is a dainty annual that grows from 1 ½ to 2 feet high. It has finely, cut serrated leaves and very small, whitish flowers in flat clusters. The leaves and seeds have a warm, sweet taste that suggests licorice.

Culture

Anise grows rapidly from seed. Plant after all danger of frost has passed. If planted in rows, thin to 6 to 8 inches apart in rows 2 feet apart.

Harvesting

The green leaves can be cut whenever plants are large enough. Gather seeds about 1 month after flowers bloom.

Use

Anise leaves can be used in salads and as a garnish. Use the seeds to flavor confections such as cakes and cookies. Oil from anise seed is used in medicine. 

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