It is the dried ripe fruit of the herb Pimpenella Anisum. The tear-shaped seeds are unmistakably identified by their distinctive licorie-like flavor. Anise is not related to the European plant whose roots are the source of true licorie.
Anise Seed complements cakes, breads, cookies beverages, soups stews, fruit salads, dressings, sauces, and with fish or shellfish. It is essential in Oyster Rockefeller. Anise is an important ingredient to Italian and Indian cuisine.