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
- ‘This is an old favourite on Irish menus, and was well delivered, especially with the interesting anise note from the tarragon.’
- ‘A number of licorice - flavored liqueurs such as anisette, pastis and ouzo are made with anise seed.’
- ‘Chew on a small handful of anise, dill, or fennel seeds when you feel bloated.’
- ‘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’.’
- ‘A number of reputable establishments sell a variety of healthful infusions of juniper berries, anise, caraway seeds and other life-enhancing botanicals.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘To treat a cough, make a calming tea from equal parts of licorice root, anise seed, mullein leaves and wild cherry bark.’
- ‘French tarragon has a light anise seed flavor and combines perfectly with rice and vegetables.’
- ‘A locally famous drink is the anise seed based raki, and brandy sour is another favorite with the Turkish Cypriots.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Add a new dimension: cook carrots with cumin seeds; sprinkle beets with ground anise seeds; add a pinch of saffron threads to sauteed onions.’
- ‘Accessing anise seed oil in New Zealand is expensive so other lotions and oils are sometimes substituted.’
- ‘Dill is an annual, whereas fennel is perennial; and fennel has an anise flavour which dill lacks.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘For the pickled carrots: Combine orange juice, honey, anise seeds and salt in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.’
- ‘For children, Pippali pepper can be substituted with two parts anise seed.’
- ‘If you can't find Chinese five spice, substitute 1/4 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground ginger, and ground anise seeds.’
2An Asian or American tree or shrub that bears fruit with an odor 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.’
- ‘Firstly, you need to char your ginger, shallots, garlic and briefly roast the star anises, cinnamon stick and cardamom.’
- ‘Boil coconut milk with spices and star anises, stirring occasionally. After star anises become soft, grind them with other ground spices.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Star anise - not to be confused with anise, a licorice-flavored herb - grows on evergreen trees in hot, humid, mountainous regions.’
Middle English: via Old French from Latin anisum, from Greek anison ‘anise, dill’.
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