Anise is easy to grow, a small herb part of Umbellifer(same family as parsley, and dill). Native to the eastern Mediterranean and southwest Asia anise is grown for its leaves and seeds. In the kitchen, the sweet, licorice-like flavoured leaves and seeds are used in many baked goods and desserts. In this article, we will share how to grow anise, the nutrients, and the health benefits that can be gained from adding it to your diet.
How To Grow Anise
Sow seeds indoors in late spring or outdoors in early summer. Grow anise in containers/pots or in the ground in full sun with little wind. Sow around 1cm deep in individual container/pots and 6-18 inches apart if planting in the ground. Preferably sow Anise in well-drained soil rich in organic matter such as compost or manure.
The seeds will germinate in about 20 days at a temperature of 21°C(70°F) Water regularly and keep the soil evenly moist, but don’t overwater. When the roots start coming out of the drainage holes, transplant anise into a bigger container/pot. Alternatively, dig a hole in your garden big enough for the roots, place your plant inside and fill the rest up with compost or manure.
Nutrients And Health Benefits
Anise contains many beneficial nutrients including fiber, iron, manganese, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and copper. In addition, anise may reduce symptoms of depression, and protect against stomach ulcers, and prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria. Anise also helps release menopause symptoms, balance blood sugars, and can reduce inflammation.
Anise seeds and leaves are used in the kitchen. For example, try adding chopped leaves to salads, soups, omelets, sandwiches, teas, etc. Not to mention, anise seed a sweet flavour and can be used in many baked goods, desserts, smoothies, etc.