Anise

A wonderful flavour !
Common name : Anise
Scientific name : Pimpinella anisum
Family : Apiaceae
Category : Veggies
Type of plant : Biennial
Edible
Edible
Small pots
Small pots
Anise also called aniseed is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae native to the eastern Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia. Its flavor has similarities with some other spices, such as star anise, fennel, or liquorice. It is widely cultivated and used to flavor food and alcoholic drinks, especially around the Mediterranean.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Harvestint

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Caracteristics

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Water needs
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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 9a
Height 30 - 60
pH 6.3 - 6.8

Sow my anise

Sowing anise is a good way to get your hands on a quality plant. You can buy your seeds from a store or collect them each year after your anise has flowered, in order to sow them the following season. Sow them directly in place, starting in the beginning of April for southern regions and towards the end of the month in other regions. Spread out this seeding throughout the summer to prolong your harvest. anise likes sun, shelter from the wind and light, well-drained soils! If your earth is too compact, don't hesitate to lighten it up with some sand or some potting soil. Keep the soil moist during the first few weeks after sowing.

Thin out my anise

Once your anise plants each have 2 to 3 leaves, thin them so as to keep the most vigorous seedlings, taking care to leave them enough space to develop — 20 centimeters per plant.

Plant my anise

Choose a location with full sun and shelter from winds. The soil must be well drained in order to prevent water from stagnating: the ideal is a substrate of potting soil with an addition of 10% sand. Whether you're sowing under cover or buying an pre-grown plant, you can plant your anise in open soil at the beginning of May and leave it outdoors all summer. Anise is adapted to cultivation in a pot or in a planter, but if you choose this route make sure you get something good quality and stable — anise can grow up to a full meter! If you wish to keep it in a pot, transplant it in a larger container immediately after purchasing — a simple earthenware pot on a saucer of water will do the job!

Water my anise

Anise doesn't need a lot of water — don't water unless the soil or substrate is dry. Don't wait too long however — dryness will cause the Anise to go to seed.

Reap my anise

Collect the seeds when they change color - from green to pale yellow. Hang them in bunches upside down in a dry place, with sheet underneath to collect the seeds as they dry out and fall.

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