Ground anise’s intoxicating aroma induces hunger whether at the bakeshop or at the kitchen.
Western culture has adopted this spice for baking and cooking confectionary for thousands of years. For Asia however, anise is a popular ingredient for pork, beef, lamb, seafood, beans and vegetable dishes.
In Italy, you’ll find anise as a favorite spice for tomato-based sauces, especially marinara. A combination of ground anise, tomatoes, olive oil, anise, peppercorn, and garlic goes well with any pasta dish.
Ground anise is also a well-known seasoning for beef soup and broths, intensifying the flavor of the meat naturally, even without MSG.
The best way to have your fresh daily supply of anise powder is to grow your own herbs, hang them dry and then grind them individually. But if that sounds like too much of a hassle, then the next best thing is to keep your kitchen pantry stocked with this one packet of ground anise.