Anise seeds, a spice of Mediterranean origin, are small crescent-shaped seeds from a plant related to parsley. They have a sweet licorice flavor. Generally sold whole, they may be crushed with a mortar and pestle.
To toast anise seeds:
Place the seeds in a small, dry, heavy frying pan over moderate heat and stir until the seeds are aromatic, 1-2 minutes. Cool slightly before using.For other spices, see allspice, caraway, cardamom, cayenne pepper, chili powder, Chinese five-spice powder, cinnamon, cloves, coriander seeds, cumin, curry powder, fennel seeds, garam masala, ginger, juniper berries, mace, nutmeg, paprika, pepper, peppercorns, saffron, Sichuan pepper, star anise, sumac, and turmeric.