|Anise provides the perfect pairing of flavor and scent to enhance the delicious flavor of black licorice.
Anise (stress the second syllable: an-eese) is a flowing plant, native to the eastern Mediterranean and southwest Asia. Anise is known for its flavor, which resembles licorice, fennel, and tarragon. While several parts of the plant are edible, the primarily used component is the seed, referred to as aniseed. Be sure not to confuse anise with star anise, a cheaper, unrelated substitute sometimes used in the place of real anise to save money. Chateau D’ Lanz only uses real aniseed oil in our all natural black licorice.
Aniseed has been used for thousands of years in a number of ways. Romans used anise for a variety of purposes, including to remedy bad breath and to aid in digestion. It has been used for centuries in baking and confections because of its distinctive sweet flavor and healthy properties. Referred to by Native Americans as “Tut-te See-Hau” meaning “it expels the wind,” anise was used to aid in digestion after being brought over by early Europeans.
Approximately 80-90% of the refined anise oil derived from aniseed is made of anethole, which is distinctly sweet, measuring 13 times sweeter than sugar. Even at high concentrations anethole is distinctly sweet, lending itself well to uses in food. Anethole also has potent antimicrobial properties, specifically against bacteria, yeast, and fungi. Aniseed is also comprised of the vitamins B complex (B1, B2), C, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, iron, and aromatic essences.
Anise enjoys a considerable reputation as a medicine in cough suppression. It relieves congestion by working on the secretary cells in the respiratory tract. Because of its natural expectorant qualities, anise is especially useful in hard, dry coughs where loosening and removal of phlegm is difficult. Anise is frequently used in the form of lozenges as a result.
Anise oil, like that used in Chateau D’Lanz Swiss Licorice, can be very beneficial for the action of bronchial tubes. Some mix anise oil with wine to form the liqueur anisette; for bronchitis and spasmodic asthma, anisette, if consumed in hot water, has an immediate calming effect. However, a simple tea made of the crushed seeds can have many of the same healthy properties. Anise is also used as an expectorant and mild antimicrobial which is why today in many of the over the counter products, one of the main ingredients is anise.
Anise oil is also antispasmodic, helping to relieve intestinal gas and spasmodic coughs. Anise has been combined with cathartic laxatives to help reduce the spasmodic cramping they can cause. It may also have modest antiparasitic actions and has been recommended by some practitioners to treat mild intestinal parasite infections. While there are not a tremendous number of clinical studies on anise, it has been approved by the German Commission E for relieving coughs and indigestion.