Culinary Notes :
Aniseed Seeds whole (Anise seeds whole) are used in the following ways:
- Its sweet liquorice-like taste is used in marinades, fruit salads and pickles. Is also used when making bread dough.
- Aniseed tea makes a wonderful digestive aid after a large meal.
- In small amounts, aniseed makes a nice addition to sausages, or in tomato sauce.
- Used to make aniseed biscuits, Italian biscotti and pastries.
- Add to flavour cakes and sweet fruit dishes.
- It combines well with allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, fennel, garlic and nutmeg.
Health benefits of aniseed include:
- The essential oils present in aniseed make it an ideal cure for flatulence and to remove phlegm and catarrh in the bronchial passageways.
- Boil water and add a teaspoon of aniseed to it. Leave this to infuse overnight. Strain and drink first thing in the morning with a little bit of honey. This cures indigestion and stomach pain.
- Aniseed causes the body to perspire more and encourages urination thereby helping the body to detoxify by eliminating waste.
- When taken twice a day (morning and night) over a sustained period of time, aniseed powder can reduce cataract in the eyes.
- The expectorant property of this herbs helps relieve asthma symptoms.
- Aniseed tea made by boiling water and steeping aniseed in it is an excellent cure for insomnia. To make it more palatable, you can add either honey or hot milk. Have this before going to bed for a sound night’s sleep.
- The fungicidal properties of aniseed can help get rid of and prevent head lice.
- The anethole present in aniseed essential oil improves the production of breast milk.
- Aniseed can also be used as a mouth freshener.
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Anise seed, aniseed, Pimpinella anisum