Anise seed, Pimpinella anisum, is a member of the parsley family and as such it is related to caraway, cumin, dill, and fennel. It has a lovely sweet, fruity, and warm flavor making it perfect for sweets and cookies. Despite having a name similar to star anise, the two are in no way related. They do however share similar flavor notes, though star anise is stronger and has more bitterness to it.
Spanish Anise Seed is made up of 1.5% to 6% essential oil. This essential oil contains mostly trans-anethole.
Spanish 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 those who speak either Russian or Spanish.