One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A Mediterranean plant of the parsley family, cultivated for its aromatic seeds which are used in cooking and herbal medicine.
Pimpinella anisum, family Umbelliferae. See also aniseed
- ‘Some of the herbs that have been shown to help with inadequate or slow milk supply are raspberry, nettles, anise, fenugreek and fennel seeds and alfalfa.’
- ‘A number of reputable establishments sell a variety of healthful infusions of juniper berries, anise, caraway seeds and other life-enhancing botanicals.’
- ‘For children, Pippali pepper can be substituted with two parts anise seed.’
- ‘For the pickled carrots: Combine orange juice, honey, anise seeds and salt in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.’
- ‘Dill is an annual, whereas fennel is perennial; and fennel has an anise flavour which dill lacks.’
- ‘Nearly 25 centuries ago, Hippocrates wrote that ‘a pleasant odour is essential in any girl, and can be obtained and maintained by using a mouthwash containing anise, dill seeds, myrrh and white wine’.’
- ‘Add a new dimension: cook carrots with cumin seeds; sprinkle beets with ground anise seeds; add a pinch of saffron threads to sauteed onions.’
- ‘There is no part of the world that is not home to a variety of spices; cumin, coriander, fennel, fenugreek, nigella, sesame, anise, the list is endless.’
- ‘If you can't find Chinese five spice, substitute 1/4 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground ginger, and ground anise seeds.’
- ‘To treat a cough, make a calming tea from equal parts of licorice root, anise seed, mullein leaves and wild cherry bark.’
- ‘Include a little toasted anise seed for its subtle licorice hint, and you'll stir up a combo like none you've ever tasted.’
- ‘Mortadella originated in Bologna, and is made with ground heat-cured pork sausage with lard pieces, then flavored with garlic and anise seed.’
- ‘A number of licorice - flavored liqueurs such as anisette, pastis and ouzo are made with anise seed.’
- ‘This is an old favourite on Irish menus, and was well delivered, especially with the interesting anise note from the tarragon.’
- ‘Cinnamon, anise, and peppermint oil were all probably added for medicinal purposes at first, but as before, people found that these tasted pretty darn good, regardless if you were sick or not.’
- ‘In Ayurvedic cooking, healing spices like turmeric, coriander, anise, cumin, and cinnamon add flavor and aroma to meals, as well as balancing and toning the body's systems.’
- ‘Accessing anise seed oil in New Zealand is expensive so other lotions and oils are sometimes substituted.’
- ‘French tarragon has a light anise seed flavor and combines perfectly with rice and vegetables.’
- ‘Chew on a small handful of anise, dill, or fennel seeds when you feel bloated.’
- ‘A locally famous drink is the anise seed based raki, and brandy sour is another favorite with the Turkish Cypriots.’
2An Asian or American tree or shrub that bears fruit with an odour similar to that of aniseed.
Genus Illicium, family Illiciaceae: many species, especially star anise (I. verum), used in Chinese cooking
- ‘Add the tomatoes together with their juice, stock, whole star anises and parsley, mix well and bring to the boil.’
- ‘Star anise - not to be confused with anise, a licorice-flavored herb - grows on evergreen trees in hot, humid, mountainous regions.’
- ‘Firstly, you need to char your ginger, shallots, garlic and briefly roast the star anises, cinnamon stick and cardamom.’
- ‘Star Anise is so named from the stellate form of its fruit. It is often chewed in small quantities after each meal to promote digestion.’
- ‘The licorice-flavored seeds of the star anise fruit may now be a major weapon against global influenza.’
- ‘Boil coconut milk with spices and star anises, stirring occasionally. After star anises become soft, grind them with other ground spices.’
Middle English: via Old French from Latin anisum, from Greek anison ‘anise, dill’.
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