Anise

Anise is a feathery annual herb with edible leaves and seeds. It prefers a soil temperature of about 70 degrees F and can be grown in a container. The seeds are used whole or shredded in baked goods, tarts, applesauce, or cream cheese.
Anise found widespread use in medicine, helps with indigestion and coughs. It is used in perfumery for its aromatic properties. It is rich in essential oils, flavonoids, and other important nutrients such as iron, manganese, fiber, potassium. The leaves are steeped in tea to relieve cold symptoms as an expectorant and diuretic to stimulate appetite. It helps reduce inflammation and balance blood sugar levels.
In ancient Palestine, Аnise was highly prized and used as a form of currency for paying taxes. Anise has been cultivated in the United States since the fourteenth century. In 1305, Anise was so popular in England as a spice or medicine that King Edward I taxed it to raise money to repair London Bridge.

How to grow Anise from seeds:

  • Sowing: It is best to plant Anise directly or grow in a container. Plant seeds in full sun at 68 degrees F. Plant in well-drained soil 1/4" deep and 12-15" apart in rows 2' apart. Anise is a companion plant that can be planted next to coriander.
    • Plant Spacing: 8-12″.
  • Growing of Аnise: Anise is picky, especially after rooting. Remove weeds from the soil and keep the soil constantly moist.
    • Аnise Soil Requirements for: Well-drained soil.
    • Аnise Seeds Days to Germination: about 20 days.
    • Light Preference of Аnise: Full Sun.
    • Life Cycle of Аnise: Annual, Tender Perennial.
  • How and When to Harvest Аnise: Collect fresh leaves and flowers as desired and needed. To dry the entire plant, cut it entirely before flowering and hang it upside down to dry.
    • Аnise Days to Maturity: up to 120 days
  • Аnise Seed Saving: Collect the seed heads individually when they turn brown. Dry them in a protected place away from direct sunlight. Thresh the seeds by rubbing or shaking the heads to remove as much trash as possible. Stоre the seeds in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS:

  • Common Names: Burnet Saxifrage
  • Latin Name: Pimpinella anisum
  • Species Origin: Mediterranean, Southeast Asia
  • Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Warm Season
  • Life Cycle: Annual, Tender Perennial
  • USDА Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Seeds per Ounce: 12,000
  • Planting Method: Direct Sow
  • Sunlight: Full Sun
  • Height: 24 Inches
  • Color: White
  • Bloom Season: Blooms Late Summer, Blooms Early Fall
  • Bad Companions: Basil, carrots, rue
  • Companion Planting: Echinacea, cilantro, beans
  • Uses: Attracts Butterflies

 

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