Western cuisines have long used anise as a moderately popular herb to flavor some dishes, drinks, and candies, and so the word has come to connote both the species of herb and the licorice-like flavor.
The most powerful flavor component of the essential oil of anise, anethole, is found in both anise and an unrelated spice called star anise (Illicium verum) that features prominently in South Asian, Southeast Asian, and East Asian dishes.
Nutritional Information: Aniseed contains tahymol, a chemical compound found in some plants touted for its medicinal properties. The seeds are an excellent source of bone-strengthening and alkalizing minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium, manganese zinc, potassium and copper. Aniseed is considered effective in soothing bronchial irritation, and the essential oils have been used to relieve sore throats. Some components of aniseed are thought to ease nervous disorders associated with anxiety.