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Are anise seeds the same as fennel seeds?

asked by WeeklyGreens almost 5 years ago
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hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

added almost 5 years ago

Nope. Similar flavor, but different. Fennel is milder IMO than anise.

added almost 5 years ago

Thanks to you both. I love that you people are up at this hour thinking about these things just like I am. Crazy food people unite!

Amanda, I look forward to being able to buy just the few tablespoons of fennel seeds I need at the new Rockville WFM. Yippee!


Anita is a vegan pastry chef & founder of Electric Blue Baking Co. in Brooklyn.

added almost 5 years ago

No. I found this out last month when I was developing my recipe for basil ice cream. Basil itself was not enough to make the ice cream taste "basil-y" so I added some ground seeds I found in the kitchen for some of that extra licorice flavor that basil has. It was the perfect touch! I had labeled the container "aniseed" but the chef told me the next day it was actually fennel seed.

As a vegan, I love to use fennel to make things taste like sausage. Aniseed is stronger and sweeter and I like toasting the seeds in a warm pan before using them in a recipe. Another look-alike is caraway. They are the smallest of all those seeds and are most often used to flavor rye bread.