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Sweet Alice, Sweet cummin

Umbelliferae Pimpinella anisum L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Anise is an annual herb related to carrot, which reaches a height of about 2 feet. Leaves are twice pinnate, resembling parsley. Flowers and seeds are produced in large, loose clusters. Seeds are oblong, about 0.16 inch long and curved. Fresh leaves are used for flavoring and garnishing, but the important articles of commerce are the seeds and oil obtained from them: Plants are cut or pulled when seeds begin to mature, stacked to dry in the field, then threshed. Seeds are used to flavor curry powder, pastries, confectionary, cheese and bread. Oil is used in beverages, to flavor drugs and in cosmetics.

Season, seeding to harvest: About 4 months.

Production in U.S.: 28 acres reported, 1954 census. Large quantities imported.

Use: Flavoring in pastries, cheese, bread; oil in beverages, drugs, and cosmetics.

Part of plant utilized: Mainly seeds and oil extracted from them. Fresh leaves to limited extent.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch