What To Look For
Anise is typically sold whole. Its flavor is similar to fennel, star anise, and dill. If anise is not available, fennel can can be used instead.
How To Use It
The use of anise is largely restricted to Western cuisines, where it is mainly used to flavor various spirits and liqueurs, such as Turkish Raki, Greek Ouzo, French Absinth, Pastis, Pernod, and Anisette. It is also popular in breads, cakes, and cookies, especially in Austria, Switzerland, and Southern Germany where Springerle and Anisbrot (small cookies) are very popular.
In Eastern cuisines anise is not readily available, and fennel or star anise are used in its place.