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Anise, healthy and delicious

  1. We all know anise with the typical taste. Think of the Greek glass of ouzo, the cup of anise tea, the sweet or the mice for bread. But what else do we know about anise? Is anise healthy and can it be used in another way? Questions that most people won't take for granted. Perhaps it will become clearer if it turns out that anise is not only tasty, but also very healthy. What's up with that?

Anise, the base

  1. Anise comes from the lace-cap family, officially called Umbelliferae or Apiaceae, and is an annual herb. Anise is native to the eastern part of the Mediterranean, especially Greece, and the near east (Western Asia, such as Jordan and Turkey). Anise dates back a long time and certainly to 1500 BC.

Star anise

  1. To avoid confusion, star anise is a tree / shrub whose fruits are used as a spice. Star anise grows in Asia and has a similar taste. However, we are certainly not talking about the same plant.

Health aspects

  1. Vitamins and minerals Aniseed, because that is what we are talking about, contains quite a few vitamins and minerals. Vitamin B6 in particular is very high in aniseed. Anise contains the following vitamins and minerals, namely:

Diseases in History

  1. During the heyday of the Romans and Greeks, anise was widely used for fresh breath, good digestion and is said to have a diuretic effect. Furthermore, one could bathe in it, as hot as possible, to open the bronchi and airways. It was Hippocrates himself who recommended anise for stomachaches, coughs, vomiting, upset stomachs and nightmares.

Conditions in the present

  1. Many of the forms used in history are still valid today. For respiratory problems, anise is still a widely used herb. Many asthma patients use it. But anise can also be used for problems with flatulence. It is not infrequently drunk in the form of anise tea. You can buy anise tea in the health food store or you can make it yourself by mixing one teaspoon of anise fruit (crushed) with 250 ml of boiling water. Let it sit for a few minutes and then drink it.

Anise in the kitchen

  1. Herbs are a delicious addition to the kitchen. The ripe brown split fruits of the anise plant are used to make the well-known spicy aniseed cookies. But if you make your own bread, adding the aniseed herb can also give the bread that little bit of extra flavor. Prepare the cookie dough and bread dough in the same way as usual and only add a pinch of aniseed. Take it easy, because it is spicy and can easily overpower otherwise.


  1. Anise may be an underappreciated plant, because we don't hear much about it. However, it is a lovely looking flower, this herbal plant can be used in many ways in the kitchen and can be used for various ailments. The plant can be grown yourself, as long as the plant gets warmth and shows your patience.

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