Use feathery leaves fresh in salads and soups. Seeds flavor soups, cookies, cheese spreads, and applesauce. Seeds and leaves carry sweet licorice-like flavor, make a comforting tea traditionally employed as treatment for sore throats, indigestion, and flatulence. Chew seeds to freshen breath. Seed heads attract birds. Annual plants grow 2-3 feet tall.
How to Plant Anise Seeds
Direct sow into prepared seed beds in early spring when the ground has warmed, ¼ inch deep, 1-2 seeds per inch, in rows spaced 18 inches apart. Thin to 6 inches apart. Kept at 68°F., germination is in 7-14 days.
Growing anise: Full sun, regular water. Umbrella like clusters of tiny white flowers bloom in July, attract butterflies, bees, and beneficial insects. Seed heads attract birds. Plants are deer resistant. Harvest leaves anytime during the growing season. Flower heads turn gray-brown in fall, cut and place in paper bags or spread out and dry in direct sun. Once seed is dried, store in airtight container.