Real World Gardener Star anise and Aniseed on Spice It Up

June 21st, 2015

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney, streaming live at and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" />


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with Ian Hemphill


Licorice flavours can come from a number of different spices.

This flavour is because of anethole being present in the herb or spice.

You may have heard of an Australian native tree, Aniseed myrtle that used to be Backhousia anisata and is now Aneothola anisata.

But we’re not talking about trees with leaves that have an aniseed flavour but two spices that you can use in your cooking if you like the flavour.

Star anise (left) Aniseed (right)


Star anise is the dried whole ripe fruit of Illicium verum, an evergreen tree native to China.

Aniseed isn’t really a seed but the dried whole ripe fruit of Pimpinella anisum, a flowering plant native to the Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia.

Both are quite different and both get their licorice flavour from the anethole they contain.

The main difference is that star anise also contains safrole which gives a more distinct aroma to the spice.

Did you know though that the real liquorice plant is Glycyrrhiza glabra.

The root of the plant is used by first being pulped, then boiled, and the liquorice is then concentrated by evaporation.

If you have any questions about star anise or aniseed, why not write in to or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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