Anise, which is also known as sweet cumin, is one of the sweetest smelling of herbs. It produces aniseed which are small, light brown and have a liquorice flavour. The plant is a member of the carrot family and has feathery leaves. Found mainly in Egypt, Greece and Asia Minor, anise is a popular flavouring throughout Europe.
Anise has certain medicinal uses, although its main use is in the manufacture of liquors. It is also used as a flavouring in many culinary preparations.