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Anise
BOTANICAL CLASSIFICATION
Family :
Umbelliferae
Genus :
Pimpinella
Species :
anisum L.
COMMON NAMES
Anise; Aniseed
USES
Flavoring; Volatile oils from the fruit are used as an expectorant, anti-spasmodic, parasiticide, and aromatic.
DESCRIPTION
Anise is an annual herb growing from 1-2 feet tall with an erect, smooth stem and woody root. Upper leaves are feathery and delicate. Flowers are tiny white or yellow-white and grow in umbrella-like clusters. Essential oil is produced by flat, ovate downy seed-like fruits.
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