Cole & Mason Aniseed Green Whole
Eat our Green Aniseeds with a sausage stew or pork roast. The fennel-like flavour of aniseed works particularly well with pork. Add half a teaspoon of coarsely crushed green aniseed to a sausage stew to give it a lift. Or try rubbing some crushed green aniseed and sea salt into the skin of a pork roast.
Why not try spicing up your salad. Most people use aniseed to spice cakes, breads and biscuits. But they're also great for giving a standard green salad a surprise twist. Just toss a few crushed seeds straight in. It works with fruit salads, too.
The ancient Egyptians were growing aniseed four thousand years ago, and the Romans brought it from north Africa to Europe. Over the centuries, it's been used to make digestive teas, spiced breads and herbal liquors like Absinthe and Ouzo.
The Romans used to hang it over their beds to guarantee a peaceful night's sleep, and it was used to perfume Edward IV's bedsheets to encourage sweet dreams, too.
From the same family of herbs as dill, caraway and fennel, its fresh herby flavour works just as well with savoury or sweet dishes.
Supplier: The Spice Company