The 'Braid aniseed Civitella San Paolo' is a typical specialty: a savoury bread, based on aniseed that, is given a traditional shape of a braid. It has a smooth texture with a thin crust and a white inner pulp. The recipe is passed down from generation to generation and the use of aniseed dates back to the Roman period. Coming from the Middle East, anise had spread everywhere in the kitchen, to flavour meats, especially chicken and pork, but also vegetables and desserts. It was used to make foods more digestible. Both seeds and the fruit are used. Its flavour is sweet and persistent, reminiscent of fennel seeds with mint.