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Raki Anise Seeds

Sweet as candy, notes of licorice and hazelnut.

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Our Raki Anise Seeds are tiny and intense, as sweet as candy, with notes of sesame and hazelnut, making them perfect for cookies and cakes, as well as savory dishes. They have been grown in the coastal province of Denizli, Turkey, for thousands of years and are traditionally used in the distillation of raki, the world-famous Turkish spirit. Sprinkle some on a roast chicken or fish with a little lemon juice and olive oil for a classic Mediterranean meal.



 Denizli, Turkey




Air dried


Raki-variety anise seeds (Pimpinella anisum)

Tasting notes:

Licorice • Hazelnut • Tahini

Cooking tips

  • Grind (or add whole) into cookies, biscotti and other pastries
  • Add whole seeds to curries, dukkas and rubs
  • Sprinkle over freshly grilled fish or roast chicken


Our Raki Anise seeds are grown in the coastal province of Denizli, Turkey. Anise is native to the Mediterranean and has been cultivated there for thousands of years.

Raki, the classic Turkish anise-flavored liqueur, uses these sweet, nutty seeds for its characteristic licorice flavor and digestive properties. Many other liqueurs, including Arak, Ouzo, and Pastis, use them too.

The more you know: Anise and Star Anise are often confused because they share a few similarities, including their name and a licorice flavor. However, they are completely different spices. They each come from different parts of different plants (anise is a seed, while star anise is a fruit) that are native to different parts of the world.

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