Anise Seed is a small oval seed that varies in color from light brown to a grayish green. Whiskers of the thin stem are often found still attached to the seed - this is normal and adds to the powerful flavor. Anise is a member of the parsley family and is related to caraway, cumin, dill and fennel. Anise seeds possess a sweet, licorice like aroma while the taste is a bit fruity and warm.
Anise seeds is great in breads, cakes, cookies, and sweet fruit dishes. In India Anise seed is found in fish or vegetable curries. Anise seed is also commonly found in French carrot dishes, Nordic breads and Hispanic stews.