Anise (Pimpinella Anisum) - 100 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 4-9
Anise seed is native to the Middle East and the eastern Mediterranean and closely related to caraway, cumin, dill and fennel. It has a licorice-like sweet flavor and is widely used to flavor cakes, cookies, breads and fruit dishes. In the Middle East, the seed is dry roasted until aromatic before using in fish and vegetable curries. Drinks like Ouzo, Arrack, Anisette and Pastis are flavored with anise.
Dogs like anise seeds in the same way that cats go crazy for catnip.
Anise seeds are carminative and expectorant, improving digestion and appetite. Anise is good for painful spasms of the digestive tract, especially in infants and children, and is used to increase milk production in lactating mothers. Anise seed tea is sometimes used for flatulent colic or nausea and is often mixed with other herbs to make them more palatable. A syrup made from the seeds is good for alleviating coughs.
Place 2 or 3 seeds spaced evenly on top of moistened potting mix in 4 to 6" wide pots. Cover the seeds with 1/4" to 1/2" of potting mix. Next, set a plastic water bottle with the bottom cut out over the seeds. Leave the cap on the bottle until after the seeds germinate. It will take 1 to 2 months for the seeds to germinate. Once they do, remove the bottles a week later. Anise plants can grow in these containers for one year. Set them outdoors during the daytime in the summer. Water generously. Anise plants do best in full sun or shade. After 1 year, replant the tree into a larger pot.
Average Germ Time: 14 days
Light Required: No
Watering: Keep moist
Seeds per Plant: 2-3
Plant Spacing: 9-12 inches
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