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WSE002 Star Anise Illicium verum
Grade: Food Seeds
Anice stellato, Anis de la Chine, Anis estrllado, Anise étoilé, Anise Stars, Ba chio, Badain, Badian, Badiana, Badiane, Baht ghok, Bart gok, Bunga lawang, Chinese Anise, Pa-chiao, Pak kok, Peh kah, Sternanis
Star Anise
50g £8.54
£8.54 ex VAT
100g £12.09
£12.09 ex VAT
250g £21.30
£21.30 ex VAT
500g £30.04
£30.04 ex VAT
1kg £40.48
£40.48 ex VAT
General Information
Star anise is the unusual fruit of a small oriental tree. It is, as the name suggests, star shaped, radiating between five and ten pointed boat-shaped sections, about eight on average. These hard sections are seed pods. Tough skinned and rust coloured, they measure up to 3cm (1-1/4”) long. The fruit is picked before it can ripen, and dried. The stars are available whole, or ground to a red-brown powder.
Bouquet: Powerful and liquorice-like, more pungent and stronger than anise.
Flavour: Evocative of a bitter aniseed, of which flavour star anise is a harsher version. Nervertheless, the use of star anise ensures an authentic touch in the preparation of certain Chinese dishes.
Star anise acts as a flavour enhancer. Try cooking meat with a single fruit.
Hotness: Medium
Medicinal Use
Like anise, star anise has carminative, stomachic, stimulant and diuretic properties. In the East it is used to combat colic and rheumatism. It is a common flavouring for medicinal teas, cough mixtures and pastilles.
Traditional Use
Star anise is used in the East as aniseed is in the West. Apart from its use in sweetmeats and confectionery, where sweeteners must be added, it contributes to meat and poultry dishes, combining especially well with pork and duck. In Chinese red cooking, where the ingredients are simmered for a lengthy period in dark soy sauce, star anise is nearly always added to beef and chicken dishes. Chinese stocks and soups very often contain the spice.. It flavours marbled eggs, a decorative Chinese hors d’oeuvre or snack. Mandarins with jaded palates chew the whole dried fruit habitually as a post-prandial digestant and breath sweetener - an oriental comfit. In the West, star anise is added in fruit compotes and jams, and in the manufacture of anise-flavoured liqueurs, the best known being anisette. It is an ingredient of the mixture known as “Chinese Five Spices”.
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