hist-brewing: Odense Old Style Ale - historical bits

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Wed Jun 14 11:00:20 PDT 2000

In a message dated 6/14/00 12:27:48 AM Central Daylight Time, 
euphonic at flash.net writes:

>     The issue of the star spice seems to be more complicated then i
>  originally thought.   After much poking about i discovered that star
>  anise was imported to Northern Europe long before the 1500's.  At least
>  according to the Finnish Maritime museum, anise was known to have been
>  imported from from the early 1300's.
    Don't get star anise confused with anise.  They are two totally 
different plants.  Illicium verum (star anise) is a small tree native to 
the Orient.  Pimpinella anisum (anise) is a small feathery annual
cultivated by the Egyptians as early as 1500BC.

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