Star anise is the fruit of a small evergreen tree native to Asia. These star shaped fruits are picked right before ripening and dried before use. They contain the same essential oil as the anise seed which gives the two a nearly identical strong, sweet licorice flavor. Anise seed is a lovely spice that can add a wonderful aroma and flavor to your cooking.
Our Whole Star Anise adds visual interest and the strong, sweet, licorice-like flavor of anise to recipes, and can also be used as a garnish.
Anise seed can be used in whole or ground form to add an aromatic licorice flavor to recipes. Star anise is commonly used in its whole form to flavor teas, marinades, soups, broths, and other liquids. It is generally removed before serving.
Star Anise is also used widely in baking due to its warm, sweet flavor, and also plays a key role in long-braised eastern Chinese meat dishes. It especially compliments fatty meats such as duck and pork. In India, the spice is a main ingredient in masala chai and garam masala. It is also an integral seasoning in pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup.
- Grind and use in marinades or rub into the skin of fatty meat such as duck or pork before roasting
- Infuse into rich winter soups, such as pumpkin soup or beef stew
- Grind and add to spice cakes
- Infuse into teas and liqueurs
- Use as garnish for baked goods
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