10/2/18 – Anise


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

Still covering the past, let’s go to the tape:

LearnedLeague precedent (LL78, MD21) – What is the most common Italian parallel to the Turkish raki, the French pastis, the Greek ouzo, and the Eastern Mediterranean arak?

This is a question I knew exactly what I wanted to answer, but didn’t know it. From simply Greek ouzo, I knew that this must be Italy’s anise flavored drink. I’m pretty sure I’ve asked about raki in a previous post, and it was also made of anise.

I didn’t know this. I put “anise”, as maybe that was the drink/close to the spelling of the drink. The correct answer, sambuca, is the Italian anise drink. I have mentioned sambuca on this blog before, during the Wedding post, but it wasn’t the answer to a question, which makes it harder for me to remember. Apparently, anisette is an Italian term for anise-flavored drinks, which includes sambuca and all the drinks mentioned in the question, but it’s not close enough for credit. I am now 6 for 7, breaking my perfect season record F/D score.

While we are talking about anise, let’s ask about other foods and drinks involving this flavor. I’m steering clear of licorice proper, as that should probably be a post in the near future. Enjoy!

1. What is the mixed-up name of the cookies seen here, a cookie popular in the UK flavored with anise, and might have been brought to the US via Pilgrims.

Question 1

2. Translating as “little horses”, name the Italian Christmas pastry seen here, made with anise, almonds, candied fruits, flour, which are often dipped in wine before eaten.

Question 2

3. Seen here is a collection of tools that would be used while working with what anise-based product?

Question 3

4. Aniseed twists, seen here, are treats popular in what country?

Question 4

5. Although anise and star anise are not related, star anise has a similar taste to anise and one of the five ingredients of five-spice powder used in Chinese cuisine. Name two of the other four ingredients used in five-spice powder.



1. Jumble
2. Cavallucci
3. Absinthe
4. UK
5. Cloves, Chinese cinnamon, Sichuan pepper, Fennel seeds


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