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Star Anise, the diva of spices, goes by many names like Chinese Star Anise and Star Aniseed. This spice comes from the fancy fruit of an Asian shrub, with seed pods that rock a star shape. Inside these pods lies an aromatic magic called anethole, giving the spice its delightful anise-like kick.

 

You'll often spot this superstar in the spice squad of garam masala and Chinese Five-Spice Powder, jazzing up dishes from India to Asia. Not just a kitchen wizard, whole star anise also moonlights in potpourri mixes and tea parties.

 

Store in an airtight container away from heat and light.

 

Add the whole pods to potpourri and simmering spice mixes. Featured in Asian cooking. Infuse whole star anise pods in wine, gin, vodka or brandy. Add to custom tea blends, especially chai recipes. Use the ground spice in baking. Star anise contributes a spicy note to perfumes. A whole pod may be chewed to fresh breath. Star anise is a flavoring agent in chewing gum, candy and cough syrups. The seed is used to manufacture the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Whole star anise will keep for a year properly stored. Grind just before using as a baking spice because the powder only lasts a few months.

 

Although the small tree that star anise is harvested from can continue to produce fruit for as long as 100 years, it takes at least six years before the first pod appears.

 

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please be advised:  Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.

Star Anise

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