Anise is sweet and aromatic. It has a licorice like taste and is used to flavor savory foods as well as drinks and candy. In fact, one of the most popular anise flavored foods is the black jelly bean.
In addition to its great taste, anise also has medicinal purposes. Hundreds of years ago (and sometimes today!) it was used to cure stomach ache or as a sleep aid.
We find we get plenty of use out of it just making delicious pizzelles!