Native to Northern China and Vietnam, Aniseed Star is the fruit of a tree from the magnolia family. It's licorice flavour is particularly potent and intensely aromatic.
Anise helps improve digestion, alleviate cramps and reduce nausea.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: China
INGREDIENTS: 100% Aniseed star
ALLERGENS: No known allergens.
Packed on premises that handles nuts (including peanuts), sesame, products containing dairy, soya and products containing gluten.
STORAGE: Cool, dry place away from direct sunlight
HOW TO ENJOY
It is most often used in Asian cooking and is the main ingredient in Chinese five-spice powder. They can be placed whole in braised dishes, but remember to remove them before eating. And be aware of its potency as it will continue to release its flavour the longer you cook it. So it might be advisable to take it out before the dish has finished. It is also a popular garnish in drinks like mulled wine, as well as in baking such as in ginger bread.
Aniseed star can be added to tea or refreshing drink. It is also used to make grog. Aniseed star is good in moderation, otherwise the dish will taste bitter. Aniseed star is available in 5 spice mix, Moroccan spice mix, garam masala. Asian chefs love star anise in meat (lamb, pork) and poultry dishes (duck, chicken, pheasant) and do not spare it when cooking. You can mix star anise with sugar and vegetable oil, another option - with onions, garlic, pepper, cloves, fennel, cinnamon, ginger.