Anise, also called aniseed or Pimpinella anisum, is a plant that hails from the same family as carrots, celery and parsley.
It can grow up to 3 feet (1 meter) tall and produces flowers and a small white fruit known as anise seed.
Anise has a distinct, licorice-like taste and is often used to add flavor to desserts and drinks.It is a common ingredient in many curries and present in the popular beverage from India called chai tea along with cinnamon, ginger and even black pepper.
It is a popular ingredient in Biscochitos cookies, New Mexico’s State Cookies.
It’s also known for its powerful health-promoting properties and acts as a natural remedy for a wide variety of ailments.