Published On: Wed, Dec 11th, 2013

Chemical Constituents and Uses of Anise

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Source and Distribution of Anise:

Anise consists of the dried ripe fruits of Pimpinella anisum, belonging to the family Umbelliferae. Its synonyms are anise fruit and aniseed.

Aniseed is indigenous to Egypt, Western Asia and . It is cultivated in countries like Russia, Spain, , , Mexico, Bulgaria and India. In India cultivation is carried out in the states of , Uttar Pradesh and Orissa.

English: Aniseed held in a hand Deutsch: Anis ...

English: Aniseed held in a hand Deutsch: Anis in einer Hand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Aniseeds are greenish grey or brown in colour, with aromatic odour and sweet taste.

Chemical constituents of Anise:

Anise consists of volatile oil, fixed oil, proteins, mucilage and starch. Anethol is the main constituent of the volatile oil and it also contains methylchavicol and anisaldehyde.

Star Anise is a very common flavouring in Chin...

Star Anise is a very common flavouring in Chinese cuisine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Medicinal Uses and Benefits of Anise:

English: Ilicium verum, Schisandraceae, Star A...

English: Ilicium verum, Schisandraceae, Star Anise, Atar Aniseed, Badiane, Chinese Star Anise, fruits. The dried ripe fruits are used in as remedy: Anisum stellatum (Anis.) Deutsch: Ilicium verum, Schisandraceae, Echter Sternanis, Früchte. Die getrockneten reifen Früchte werden in der Homöopathie als Arzneimittel verwendet: Anisum stellatum (Anis.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Stimulant
  • Carminative
  • Expectorant
  • Condiment
  • Flavouring agent in foods and beverages
  • Used in manufacturing off dentrifices
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