ANISEED ANISE HERB PINPINELLA ANISUM SEEDS HERBAL MEDICINAL FLAVOURING FOR FOOD OR DRINKS $1.20 $1.00

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Description
Aniseed, Pimpinella anisum, also called Anise or rarely Anix, is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae native to Eurasia. When anise reached England in the 14th century, demand was so high for its use as a spice, a medicine, and as a perfume, that King Edward I taxed it to pay for repairs on London Bridge! (From Epicgardening).

The flavour and aroma of its seeds have similarities with some other spices and herbs, such as star anise, fennel, liquorice, and tarragon. It is widely cultivated and used to flavour food, candy, and alcoholic drinks, especially around the Mediterranean. It is a key ingredient used to flavour some very famous liquors, including Ouzo in Greece and Cyprus, Pastis and Pernod in France, and Sambuca in Italy, as well as a common ingredient in cakes and bread. Evidence of anise cultivation goes back 4000 years to ancient Egypt, where it’s popularity quickly spread northwards to Europe leaving an aniseed flavour legacy everywhere it was grown.

The medicinal benefits of anise have been used for thousands of years to aid digestion, reduce flatulence, relieve coughs, sore throats, nausea and even to ease childbirth! Always consult a medical or herbal practitioner before embarking on any program of using a new medical herb. Some herbs should not be taken in certain situations, for example pregnancy, or for certain health conditions where adverse reactions may be possible. Alternatively, you may have allergies to an herb, or induce side effects from other medication and health conditions. So please do not take without qualified medical advice.

Grow Notes
An annual plant growing to 50cm in height, space them 30cm apart in full sun. They prefer moist but well-draining soil.

Sow
Start sowing aniseed in spring as soon as possible to provide enough warm, frost-free days to ensure seeds ripen in time for harvest. As with most carrot family plants, anise has a tap root that does not transplant well. For best results, sow anise directly into prepared drills in spring after the last frost date. Thin seedlings to 6-8 inches apart and 45cms between rows keeping the area watered and weed-free until plants are established.

Seeds can also be started indoors in early spring 6 – 8 weeks before the last frost, sowing directly into large peat/coir pots or pellets which help limit transplant shock and damage to the roots when planting in the ground. Aniseed seeds take 10-12 days to germinate at 20ºC. Seedlings will need to be hardened off gradually for around a week to acclimatize them to outdoor temperatures. Plant into their final positions when there is no longer any risk of frost.

Germination
6-14 days at 20-22°C

Maturity
130 days

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