Star Anise | Organic (Illicium Verum)
Illicium verum, a kind of evergreen tree endemic to areas of Vietnam and China, produces star anise fruit that is used as a spice to flavor a range of foods.
The fruit is harvested before it ripens and then is sun-dried to harden. It has a distinctive star form, a reddish-orange hue, and a powerful fragrance.
The taste of star anise is typically characterized as sweet and licorice-like, owing to its versatility and flavor.
This spice is high in antioxidants and may aid to enhance heart health, blood sugar control, fend against germs and fungus, and fight the flu. Linalool, vitamin C, shikimic acid, and anethole are all naturally occurring substances in star anise that contribute to its various health benefits.
It's a major part of the renowned Chinese five-spice powder mix, and it also lends a distinct taste to Vietnamese pho.
It can be used whole or ground to enhance the flavor and fragrance of soup, stew, broth, rice pudding, steamed cabbage, roasted chicken, baked goods, sweets, coffee, or even a warm tea.
BONUS TIP: The star can be removed or utilized as a garnish when using this product whole.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry area- to preserve their flavor.
◉ Simply grind in a food processor or peppermill.