Spicy Saturday: Aniseeds
The greenish seeds of Aniseeds come from Pimpinella Anisum. Originally aniseeds were found in Greece and Rome. The plant is also found in Southwest Asia and Egypt. The herbaceous aniseed plant belongs to the carrot family. Aniseeds
contains an essential oil called anethole. The seeds are excellent source of
minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium, manganese, zinc, potassium and copper.
Aniseeds can be ground into powder. Ground aniseeds will lose potency very
Aniseeds are used to cure irritative throat and cough, also aniseeds are used to
induce sleep, helps digestion, reduce cramps and diarrhea. Aniseeds are also
helpful in relieving of headaches and migraines.
Aniseed has a licorice flavor. In India aniseeds are offered to chew after a meal.
Aniseeds are used sometimes in fish and meat dishes and in baked breads.
Aniseeds can be stored in a cool dry place or in in the pantry for 2 to 3 years.