I used to buy a 20g (0.70 oz) jar of this at Loblaws for $5.49 - they were old, shriveled up and missing some of its arms. Here, you get twice as much quantity for $0.49 cents less - and the quality difference speaks for itself. I've never seen star anise with actual seeds inside the petals! These are fresher, larger, and very rarely missing an arm, so I use less when cooking, meaning the bag lasts me longer. I will never buy this spice anywhere else ever again!
Star Anise Pods
- Star anise is the star-shaped fruit of an evergreen tree that is native to Northeastern Vietnam and Southwestern China.
- Also known as star anise seed, Chinese anise, Indian anise, or Badian anise, star anise should not be confused with Japanese star anise, which is highly toxic and inedible.
- Star anise has a flavor and aroma that is similar to anise and fennel seed, yet it is slightly more pungent, spicy, bitter-sweet, and licorice-like, largely due to the content of the chemical compound anethole.
Suggested Use: Used in a small amount and added directly when cooking, star anise is the secret to many delicious Asian dishes and teas. It can be found in the traditional Chinese five-spice powder, Indian masala spice blends, and is a major ingredient in the making of the Vietnamese soup pho. Unlike many spices, its flavor infuses effortlessly into water and fat-base liquids alike. It enhances the flavor of a wide variety of meat and vegetable dishes and combines well with cinnamon, chili powder, coriander, garlic, ginger root, and lemongrass.
Storage: Store in a cool, dark, dry place in a sealed container.
Safety: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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