What Is Anise Used For?


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Anise is a sweet, aromatic flavoring agent that tastes like black licorice and is a spice used in a variety of Mediterranean food and beverage recipes. The seeds, either whole or ground, are most commonly used as seasoning in baked goods and deserts such as Italian Biscotti.

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What Is Anise Used For?
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Anise is also used in a variety of meat and sausage combinations. It can be found as a flavoring in candies and breath mints as well. Regional liquors use it as a base to create many well-known spirits, including absinthe, anisette, ouzo and sambuca. Anise is also used for its pungent aroma in soaps, sachets, perfumes and creams.

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