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Anise or Aniseed -Seeds

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When you read herb books and cookbooks, one of the unavoidable statements about many plants is that, they taste or smell like Aniseed.

Well, that's exactly what Aniseed tastes and smells like.
It is a beautiful herb to grow, with it's fern like foliage and umbels of white flowers that mature into the wonderful Anise seeds.
As a culinary herb, it is unequalled, and lends itself to deserts, confectionery, fruit salads, curries, pickles, sweet soups and spirits.
You can use the leaves, the flowers, the seeds of course and even the root.
We strike ours in winter to get the mature plants in early summer, but in NSW, Vic or South Australia and Tasmania you should be able to grow it at almost any time of year.

Medicinally, Anise is expectorant, and soothing for irritable coughs or bronchial problems as well as being able to ease nausea or colic.
In small doses the oil from the seed can be a pleasant masking taste for unpleasant tonics but in large doses it can be quite toxic.

Small seeds 300 per gm.

Seed is now available only from our new, secure shop at

Degree of difficulty in germination.....4/10 (1 is easy - 10 very difficult) Seasonal

Anise seed
Anisi fructus
Published July 6, 1988
Name of Drug
Anisi fructus, anise.
Composition of Drug
Anise consists of the dried fruits of Pimpinella anisum L. [Fam. Apiaceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.
The drug contains essential oil.
Dyspeptic complaints.
Internal and external use:
Catarrhs of the respiratory tract.
Allergy to anise and anethole.
Side Effects
Occasional allergic reactions of skin, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract.
Interactions with Other Drugs
None known.
Unless otherwise prescribed:
Average daily dosage:
3 g of drug;
Essential oil 0.3 g;
equivalent preparations.
Preparations containing 5 - 10 percent essential oil.
Mode of Administration
Comminuted drug for infusions and other galenical preparations for internal use or for inhalation.
Note:The purpose of an external application of an anise preparation is the inhalation of essential oil.
Mildly antispasmodic