A member of the parsley family, Anise seed or Pimpinella anisum is related to caraway, cumin, dill, and fennel. It is known as anise seed or aniseed. With its sweet, licorice-like scent and fruity, warm flavor, this is a perfect ingredient in a variety of sweets. At first glance of the name, you may think that anise is somehow related to star anise, but they are not. They do have a similar flavor, but the star anise is a bit stronger and slightly more bitter.
Anise has 1.5% to 6% essential oil that is mostly made up of trans-anethole.
Anise Seed is also called “habbet hilwa” in Arabic, “huei xiang” in Mandarin, “anis vert” in French, “anis” in German, “patli saunf” in Hindi, “anisu” in Japanese, “erva doce” in Portuguese, and “anis” to speakers of both Russian and Spanish.