Is fennel and anise the same thing?

Is fennel and anise the same thing?

Although they share a similar taste profile—reminiscent of black licorice—fennel and anise are two different plants. The botanical name of anise is Pimpinella anisum while the botanical name of fennel is Foeniculum vulgare. Both anise and fennel belong to the Apiaceae family.

Can you use anise instead of fennel?

Anise seed can be used as a substitute for fennel as it also has a licorice flavor. Anise seed has a stronger flavor than fennel so less is needed if using this substitution. Cumin, caraway seeds and dill are also used as substitutes for fennel.

What is anise fennel good for?

Raw fennel is an excellent source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential to collagen, the support system of the skin, and also works as an antioxidant to help prevent damage caused by the sun, pollution, and smoke.

What does an anise bulb look like?

sweet anise, has a light but distinct anise, or licorice, flavor. It's super crisp and refreshing when raw, but melts into a savory sweetness when slowly cooked. The tall green stalks look like celery with wispy dill-like leaves at the top. The stalks grow from a white onion-like bulb.