Anise or aniseed botanically belongs to the Apiaceae family of the genus Pimpinella and known scientifically as Pimpinella anisum. This spicy plant is native to Middle-East and Mediterranean region, probably originated in Egypt.
Anise plants grow best in light, fertile, well drained soil. The seeds should be planted as soon as the ground warms up in spring.
TWestern cuisines have long used anise to flavor some dishes, drinks, and candies, and the word is used for both the species of herb and its licorice-like flavor.