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Anise (Pimpinella anisum) (commonly called aniseed) is a medicinal and culinary herb that grows white flowers annually. The seeds, which are small, oval and ribbed have a grey-green colour, are the part usually used.
Anise is planted in early spring, as soon as the ground warms up, then it should grow to about 18-23 inches (45-60cm) in height. It is similar to parsley in growth and spread.
Anise prefers a reasonable amount of warmth and does well during summer. Choose a sunny position for it. Anise prefers light and dry loamy soil types.
Anise has various medicinal uses. The anise seeds are used to make many treatments including cough treatment, epilepsy treatment, sedative, antiseptic and more.
From a culinary perspective, anise seeds are used. They add a sweet, warm and fragrant flavour to both sweet and savoury dishes.
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