Anise - Seeds & Bulbs

(Pimpinella anisum)

Did you know that what catnip is to cats, anise is to dogs? For humans, Anise seed has a sweet, licorice flavor and is used to intensify sweetness in cakes, pastries, and cookies. Also, either alone or in combination with cinnamon and bay, it is used to compliment duck, pork or fish. Leaves are added to salads, soups and vegetables. Anise tea is great for digestion, sore throat and cough. Chew the seeds as a breath freshener.

Average Count: 275 Seeds

Plant Type: Annual
When to Sow Outside: In areas with a long growing season - 120 frost-free days - sow seeds directly outdoors once the soil has warmed to 70 degrees.
When to Sow Inside: If your growing season isn't long enough to start the seeds outdoors, start indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last spring frost. Anise has a long taproot and doesn't transplant easily so use paper or peat pots to avoid disturbing the roots more than necessary.
Seed Depth: 1/8"
Seed Spacing: 2"
Days to Emerge: 20 to 28
Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1' apart.

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