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where can I buy anise seeds?

efdee Jan 8, 2005 05:51 PM

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

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    D-NY Jan 8, 2005 11:38 PM

    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
      efdee Jan 9, 2005 09:39 AM

      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
        Kaiya Jan 9, 2005 10:21 AM

        Kalustyan's would have anise seeds I am sure

        1. re: Kaiya
          RGR Jan 9, 2005 03:28 PM

          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
            efdee Jan 9, 2005 07:38 PM

            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
              jen kalb Jan 9, 2005 07:53 PM

              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.

              Link: http://www-ang.kfunigraz.ac.at/~katze...

              1. re: jen kalb
                efdee Jan 9, 2005 08:02 PM

                Perfect. Thanks so much for clarifying.

        2. re: efdee
          Kaiya Jan 9, 2005 10:21 AM

          Kalustyan's would have anise seeds I am sure

          1. re: efdee
            Binh Hoang Ngoc Jan 15, 2005 07:48 AM

            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) Jan 12, 2005 04:46 PM


          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

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            MikeG Feb 7, 2005 11:20 AM

            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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