PIMPINELLA ANISUMAnise has finely cut, feathery leaves topped with long stems of white umbel flowers. The liquorice flavoured seeds are added to breads, cakes and desserts, or made into a tea that is used medicinally for asthma and bronchitis.
Once the plant is established the young leaves can be used as an addition to soups and salads. Pimpinella anisum is an annual member of the parsley family, and it shouldn't be confused with the Chinese spice, star anise, which grows on a tree. Pimpinella anisum seeds are small and grey-brown. In India, ground aniseed is added to curry powder.
Sow outdoors in late spring, or start indoors in good compost from early April.
Packet 50 seeds