Organic Star Anise has a similar taste to liquorice.
Organic star anise gets its name from its pretty characteristic star shape. These hard little stars are actually part of the fruit of the oriental tree which has strong traditions in Chinese cuisine. Star anise is traditionally used in broth, rice or noodles and the bark is burnt as incense. It is one of the dominating flavours in Chinese five spice but it also mixes well with fennel, coriander, cinnamon or ginger.
The fruit is picked before it ripens and then dried, this is when it curls and tightens into small brown star shaped pieces. Star anise contains a surprising array of nutrients and has a distinctive sweet taste so makes a great addition to recipes.
Star anise trees are evergreen and can be found by streams or damp woodland. They grow up to 45 feet tall, produce fruit for up to 100 years and their flowers are a yellowish green tinged with pink. These organic star anise are harvested in the warm climate of Vietman and naturally dried. Asians have been using star anise for centuries and add it to a wide range of dishes and teas.
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