Acts like dill, tastes like black licorice! Anise (Pimpinella anisum) is an easy-to-grow annual that loves warm weather and a long season to develop fully. Use fresh leaves in soups and salads; seeds in bread, cookies and sausage, as Italians have for generations! Grows 2-3 feet tall; seeds ready to harvest when they turn gray and fall from heads easily.
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 in. deep — after temperatures have warmed and all danger of frost has passed. Plants do NOT transplant well. Space 12-24 in. 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.