This plant has a mild fragrance
Aniseed has various medicinal and culinary uses. The herb has feathery green leaves with umbles of white flowers. The small seed-like fruit has a distinctive liquorice flavour and is fragrant. The leaves are used in the flavouring of alcoholic beverages such as raki and can also be eaten in salads. Anise is also used as an insect repellent.
Common problems with Aniseed
Alternaria blight, willow-carrot aphid, armyworm, cutworms, downy mildew, powdery mildew, root knot nematode, and rust.
Aniseed Companion Plants
Coriander, eggplant, peppers, lettuce, summer squash, brassicas
How to harvest Aniseed
Seeds are ready to harvest when they change from green to a grey-green. Remove flower heads and hang upside down over a container to collect the seed. Save the seed heads in a paper bag until they dry enough for the seed to fall out of the old flowers.
How to propagate Aniseed
Direct sow seeds in Spring mixed with sand, in rows 0.6-0.9 m apart, with seeds 30 cm apart. Sow seeds 1-3 cm deep. Germination takes 7-14 days. Sensitive to transplanting - sow them directly in the bed!
Special features of Aniseed
Repels harmful insects
Anise is a medium feeder and needs a moderate amount of nutrients.
Aniseed can tolerate periods of drought.
Other uses of Aniseed
The brown seeds are used to add a liqourice flavor to food and drinks.
Anise aid with digestion, help to prevent diseases in the bronchial passways.