Leaves and seeds taste like licorice! Anise (Pimpinella anisum) is easy to grow and similar to dill in habit. Feathery, fern-like leaves are used fresh in soups and salads. Greenish-brown seeds flavor fruit dishes, cookies and cheeses. Many foods with a licorice flavor include this warm-season plant. Grows 2-3 feet tall. (Annual)
Each packet contains approximately 250 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
This “half-hardy” annual thrives in sunny locations with well-drained, slightly alkaline soil. Sow outdoors — 1/4 inch deep — after temperatures have warmed and all danger of frost has passed. Plants do NOT transplant well. Space 12-24 inches apart in all directions and keep moist until seedlings appear. Grows well in pots too!
Leaves may be harvested as needed from mature plants. For best flavor, pick leaves in the early morning when aromatic oils are at their flavorful best. Harvest seeds when they ripen — about one month after the plant flowers. Clip the entire head and store in air-tight jars once dry.