Anise, also called aniseed, is a spice native to the eastern Mediterranean and the southwest Asia.
The flavor of anise closely resembles that of star anise, fennel and licorice. It delivers a very fruity, sweet, delicious flavor. Anise is traditionally used to flavor a variety of dishes and sweets from around the world. It can also be added in tea and a mixture of anise and other spices can be added in a hot chocolate. Lastly, anise is used to make liqueur, absinthe and Greek ouzo.
Anise is also used for its medicinal properties. It seems to have carminative properties and helps with digestion. It relieves menstruation cramps and colic pain. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
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