Herb, Anise

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HERB, Anise –
Pimpinella anisum

FULL SUN Native to Egypt and the Mediterranean Region, Anise has been cultivated by man for millennia. Its incredible flavor and fragrance are prized by cultures throughout the world. The 2 ft.plants have long taproots, so they do not transplant well and must be grown from seed.
Plant in late spring after danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed to a depth of 6 in. Rows should be 2 ½ – 3 ft. apart. When seedlings are 2 in. high, thin, leaving 18 in. between plants. Anise is easy to grow and requires very little care. It thrives in poor, but well drained soil and its only demand is to remain weed-free. The plant is spindly and often sustains wind damage.

Type Spacing Planting Depth Days to Germination Maturity
Annual 18 in. 1/2 in. 14-21 90

Herb, Anise

Anise is native to Egypt and the Mediterranean Region, but it has been cultivated in Europe, India, Mexico, Russia and the US for centuries. Its legitimate medicinal benefits include improving digestion, preventing flatulence and use as a mild expectorant. Its primary benefit from both a medicinal and culinary perspective is its lovely flavor and fragrance. The herb has been called, “the loftiest of licorices”. Its seeds and leaves are used with eggs, stewed fruit, cheese, spinach, carrots and in pastries, candies, soups, stews and cookies. Anise oil is used in soaps, perfumes, toothpastes and mouthwashes. Perhaps its most notable culinary use is as a flavoring agent in liqueurs. By combining equal parts of Anise, Coriander and Fennel seed in sugared vodka, you have Anisette.

Two of the most interesting facts about Anise involve dogs and mice. Since the 1500s, Anise has been used to attract and capture mice. Apparently, mice cannot resist the sweet licorice fragrance of Anise, and the herb has found wide application as mouse bait. Dogs, too, find Anise irresistible. In drag hunting and dog racing, the sacks used to lead the dogs are always scented with Anise.

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