Anise is sweet and aromatic with strong licorice-like flavor and scent. Anise is used as a licorice flavor substitute. This pungent flavored herb is most well known for its seeds. While the leaves can be used as an herb, it is mainly the seeds that are used in cooking. The seeds, whole or ground, are used in teas, baked goods, and desserts. Anise seeds are also the basis for alcoholic beverages such as ouzo and sambuca. The leaves are used in soups, salads, and stews. Medicinally, anise is known to decrease bloating and settle the digestive tract. Anise grows best in light, fertile, well-drained soil. Plants do not transplant well after being established.
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