anise anise  /ˈæ nəs/


  1. (n) native to Egypt but cultivated widely for its aromatic seeds and the oil from them used medicinally and as a flavoring in cookery
  2. (n) liquorice-flavored seeds, used medicinally and in cooking and liquors


  1. They practice it still by making arak, a grape-based anise-flavored drink.
  2. The result was peasant fare made exotic: curried crab with quails' eggs, pig's ear and papaya salad, rabbit stewed in wine, cinnamon and star anise.
  3. The botanically innocent scholars who produced the King James Version turned aspens into mulberries and dill into anise.


  1. A New Downtown Coffee Bar Upholds the Bean's Italian Traditions—and Creates a Few New Ones

    Iced espresso with mint and lime (far left); iced coffee with ginger, apple, and star anise (top); On the Rocks (center); caffè freddo (right); Shakerato (bottom). Now that iced-coffee season has commenced, the bean cognoscenti have sought relief in all the usual places—especially the spiffy new outposts of cult roasters like Stumptown, Intelligentsia, and Blue Bottle. But one of the best new ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: New York Magazine

  2. Blooming Edibles

    Here's a sample of common flowers that can be safely used to create uncommon dishes. Anise hyssop: sweet, licorice flavor.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

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  1. "We take fresh cranberries and cook them in a mixture of orange juice, red wine, star anise, zest and - just because we like to - we put a chili pepper in there," Bailey says.
    on Dec 30, 2008 By: Bill Bailey Source: Nashua Telegraph

  2. "There's something so elementally true about getting and understanding what role broth plays and how incredibly satisfying that is," Bayless said. "I like the very gentle spicing in it, that hint of star anise. It's gentle, doesn't hit you...
    on Apr 14, 2010 By: Rick Bayless Source: Chicago Tribune

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