It is the dried seeds of Pimpinella anisum L. It has sweet aroma and flavour
This delicate spice is being used as flavoring base for soups, sauces, breads, cakes, biscuits and confectionary. It is used as a flavoring base in the preparation of herbal tea; and a liquor called anisette.
Anise seed water is very helpful in relieving running nose condition in infants. The seeds are an excellent source of many essential B-complex vitamins such as pyridoxine, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin. Pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) helps increase GABA neuro-chemical levels in the brain. Anise seed oil obtained from extraction of the seeds is found application in many traditional medicines as stomachic, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, digestive, expectorant, stimulant and tonic. The spicy seeds are the great source of minerals like calcium, iron, copper, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium. 100 g dry seeds contain 36.96 mg or 462% daily required levels of iron. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure.