Anise seed is similar to fennel seed but sweeter and a bit stronger. Native to the Mediterranean and western Asia, its mild licorice-like flavor and aroma make it a popular choice for cakes, cookies and breads.
Spice jars hold about 1/2 cup and fit most conventional spice racks.
Spices and herbs should be stored away from light, heat and moisture. If you do not have a suitable container, we recommend buying your spices in jars the first time then simply order bulk refills. Storing spices in the refrigerator or freezer may actually shorten their shelf life and they risk picking up other food odors. In general, whole spices have a longer shelf life than ground spices. Depending on the spice and how well it is stored, a good rule of thumb is six months to a year for powdered spices and longer for whole spices and seeds. The best way to determine if your spices or herbs are still fresh is to close your eyes and sniff. If you cannot immediately tell what the herb or spice is, toss it!