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Jan 8, 2005 05:51 PM

where can I buy anise seeds?

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Where can I buy whole anise seeds in Manhattan or Brooklyn? TIA

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  1. do you mean star anise? they sell them at aphrodesia by the lb so you can get as much or as little as you want. they are on bleeker, near murrays cheese.

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    1. re: D-NY

      I don't think that I want star anise because I have some and it looks like the seeds are contained inside the star. Not sure what I do want because it's for a first time pound cake recipe that just calls for 3 TBS of anise seeds. Aphrodisia is a good suggestion though so I'll ask if they sell the seeds separately. Thanks.

      1. re: efdee

        Kalustyan's would have anise seeds I am sure

        1. re: Kaiya

          Kalustyan's definitely carries anise seeds, perhaps more commonly known as fennel seeds. You might try your local supermarket or food market. If they have a well-stocked spice dept., you should be able to find them there.

          1. re: RGR

            Are fennel seeds and anise seeds the same thing?? I have fennel seeds in my spice rack already but didn't know if I should use them in this recipe.

            1. re: efdee

              anise and fennel are related but not exactly the same plant - if you get tired searching, you probably could effectively sub the fennel. In addition to remoter sources, regular supermarket spice racks often carry anise seed.

              See link below which includes an anise description.


              1. re: jen kalb

                Perfect. Thanks so much for clarifying.

        2. re: efdee

          Kalustyan's would have anise seeds I am sure

          1. re: efdee
            Binh Hoang Ngoc

            I can provide you with amount that as big as possible
            but it is not free. you muust pay for it. please contact me with your confirm.

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          Amin (London Foodie)

          RGR, I think aniseed & fennel seed are two different

          Aniseed is generally used in baking and for
          preparation of cordials & liqueurs such as anisette,
          in addition to which its oil is extracted as a
          flavouring The seed also are eaten in raw or toasted
          form as an Asian after dinner digestive. It may
          also have certain aphrodisiaal properties.

          Besides Kalustyan's, you could try Pereg Store in
          Flushing (718) 261 6767

          1. Most supermarkets sell it. In the little jars with the others spices.:)

            You can find it cheaper or maybe fresher elsewhere, but it's not an unusual-to-American-cooking ingredient you have to go "hunting" for.

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