Star Anise

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Star Anise

Star Anise – The dried fruit of the Illicium verum tree, a type of magnolia native to China and Japan, definitely takes the prize as the most attractive spice with its star-shaped seed pods. It is an essential ingredient in Chinese five-spice powder as well as many Chinese soups, marinades, and braising liquids, and Vietnamese pho (beef and noodle soup) wouldn’t be right without it. It has a sweet, warm flavour with notes of anise, fennel, and liquorice, and is used in the West primarily as a flavouring ingredient in liqueurs such as pasties and anisette, and in chewing gum and pastries. Although it is sometimes available in ground form, buy only the whole pods and add them whole to soups and stews (remove them before serving), or grind them yourself in a spice mill.

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