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Pimpinella anisum L.

Anise, also known as aniseed is one of the oldest spices in the world. It comes from the Middle East. Anise is first mentioned in the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus (1500 BC). Today it is grown in Turkey, India and Spain. In the Middle Ages, the anise was brought to Europe by the Order of Benedict.

The fruits of the plant have a characteristic spicy aroma, similar to fennel. They resemble cumin, they are also somewhat similar in taste, but more spicy and sweet. To some, they may resemble licorice. In Far Eastern cuisine, anise is a frequent addition to meals, enriching their taste and adding a unique aroma.

The beneficial properties of anise, which contributes to the proper functioning of the digestive tract, have been known for centuries.


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