How to Tell if Anise is Bad?

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Have you ever wondered how to tell if anise is bad? Fortunately for those who have never seen this type of plant before, there are some ways to tell whether or not anise is good and fresh.


If you’ve ever used Anise seeds in your food flavoring or breathe freshening, it’ll be easier to agree with me that they never go rancid quickly.

This Egyptian cradled spicing agent is known for its long shelf life and durability if stored properly. Their unique natural properties prevent bacterial attacks, which could otherwise make them go bad. But they aren’t indomitable either.

Anise seeds can go bad, and once this starts, it never slows down. Therefore, how can you tell if Anise seeds are going bad?

Here are 4 ways you can tell if Anise is bad

1. They’re decolorizing

Fresh anise seeds are usually light brown or a variant shade but closely similar to this. Sometimes, they can still have their pale-green shade from their raw form. But once it starts going bad this color changes, and you can quickly tell. Bad anise seeds typically convert to light grey to their darker form.

It’s not simple at first to tell if anise seeds are going bad as they begin decolorizing. You can go up to a few weeks – probably two to three – before you realize the color change. Although unknowingly using them when bad doesn’t impact your health, it’s always good to check them regularly to ensure that you are using them when fresh.

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2. Changes in taste

Anise seeds have a robust taste. This taste is primarily the reason why it’s one of the most preferred spicing agents. However, once it starts going bad, this strong taste becomes dull and numb such that tasting them doesn’t activate any significant tang.

Telling that anise seeds going are bad through taste is more effortless than simple observation of color. Of course, you’ll notice changes in their flavor sharpness in your food, and from then, it should be easy to judge.

3. It’s shrinking in size beyond normal

Note that anise seeds are naturally shrunk, with their sizes slightly reduced from their raw form. However, when they start going bad, their sizes recede, and they appear way drier. A conventional way to quickly detect bad anise seeds is by checking their volume regularly, especially if you don’t touch them for long. Usually, the shrinking reduces their total volume, and it’s easily observable when placed in transparent containers.

4. Weakened aroma or repulsive odor

Once anise seeds start going bad, their strong smell recedes. You’ll notice that their strong sweet aroma doesn’t fill up the kitchen when exposed to air as it used to be. Or, you don’t grasp its smell as it emerges with the food’s steam. It becomes a vivid indication that they need replacing.

Final Thoughts

Telling that your anise seeds are going bad isn’t hard. Their strong smell characteristics make any slight change in its freshness detectable. It’s because the degree of odor varies from fresh anise to bad anise.

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Once you notice it turning bad, replace them immediately.

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