Bulk Anise Seed Powder

Pimpinella anisum
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Anise Seed Powder

1/4 Pound:  $3.42 Pound:  $7.60 buy now  

Warm and sweet tasting anise seed powder is used to flavor liquors, baked goods and to make a digestive after-dinner tea.

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information at a glance

approximate cups to one pound5.5
active compoundsContains 70-90% anethole from the 1-4% volatile oil, fatty acid, flavonoids, furanocoumarins, sterols, proteins, and phenylpropanoids, coumarins, and carbohydrates.
plant part usedseed
why buy anise seed?Anise seed powder gives foods and beverages a warm, sweet flavor similar to licorice.

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in a cool, dark place in an airtight container.
appearance & aromaSlightly golden in color with a licorice-like aroma.
good vs badPowdered anise seed has a shorter shelf life than whole seed, but will last up to 3 years if stored properly.


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culinaryAnise is commonly used in European dishes. The spice is featured in Scandinavian breads and confections, in roasted carrots in France and in Indian curries.
householdThe powdered spice is used as bait in rodent traps and as a natural insecticide.
aromaticAnise is highly aromatic. Add to potpourri and simmering spice mixtures.
wellnessAnise is a significant source of fiber, protein, calcium, iron, copper, phosphorus, magnesium and other nutrients.
industrialAnise is a flavoring agent in various prepared foods and beverages, including black jelly beans, anisette, ouzo and many other liquors. It is also used to flavor medicines and dental products.

flavor profile

anise seed powder

Flavor is warm, sweet and similar to licorice but not quite as strong.

culinary companions

Pairs well with cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, Sichuan (Szechwan) pepper and bay leaf.

what else you should know

anise seed powder

In some parts of the world, most notably in the Middle East, a traditional anise tea called yansoon is enjoyed by nursing mothers and colicky infants. Anise infusions are also used to flavor mu'assel, a syrup (shisha) of tobacco, molasses and glycerin that is smoked with a hookah.

In addition to providing flavor as a spice, anise appears to act as a natural preservative in baked goods when heated. This effect is due to the presence of an aromatic organic compound called anethole, the same substance that lends a licorice-like taste to fennel and star anise but in less concentration. Anethole is also responsible for the sweetness of anise. In fact, anethole, as an isolated compound, is at least a dozen times sweeter than table sugar.

The high concentration of anethole in anise seed makes the herb effective against mosquito larvae and repel adult mosquitos, although this effect is more pronounced in the distilled essential oil.

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