Herbs – Week 1: Anise!

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The leaves of the anise plant can be used as an herb. The seeds of the anise plant, called aniseed or anise seeds, are used as a spice, either ground or whole. Despite its similar name, anise is not related to star anise, which is another spice from a different family of plants. Anise is used in a variety of baked goods and desserts, for example, Italian biscotti. Anise seeds are, also, the basis for a number of alcoholic beverages, including absinthe, anisette, ouzo and sambuca.

Anise has been used for centuries and has been mentioned in ancient herbal mixtures, as well as in texts on medicine, folklore, cookery, confectionery, perfumery and witchcraft. Pliny, in his treatise on natural history, mentions anise and states that the best was grown on the Greek Island of Crete. He also tells us that anise was used to alleviate headaches, soothe the stomach, clear the eyes and…

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52 Weeks in a Year: Herbs!

HERBS1Last year’s resolution was to investigate a different herb a week from A-Z.  I only made it about a month before I lost interest.  However this year I would like to renew that goal as I intend to grow a garden and in my search for self sufficiency rely more on natural ingredients for my health.

Since there are 26 letters in the alphabet and 52 weeks in a year, then I’m set on trying to cover at least 2 herbs for each letter of the alphabet.  :::Crossing My Fingers::: that I’ll follow through! 😉