Coarse Cut Star Anise
Our Coarse Ground Star Anise is a convenient way to add the strong, sweet and licorice-like flavor of whole star anise to any recipe without the added step of grinding.
Ready to use. Add to taste. Strain if necessary after use.
Storage & handling
Store in a dry, cool place.
Coarse Ground Star Anise (Illicium vernum) is a spice that closely resembles the anise plant in flavor, but is actually derived from the fruit of evergreen trees in Vietnam and China. Star Anise contains anethole, the same compound that gives the unrelated anise plant its flavor. It is most notably used in baking, but is also exceptional at enhancing meat dishes, especially long-braised beef, chicken and pork.
Star anise is the main ingredient in Chinese five-spice powder, and in India, it is a main ingredient in masala chai and garam masala. It is also a major ingredient in pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup.
Star Anise has also been used medicinally for the relief of digestive disorders, menstrual cramps and cold or flu symptoms. It has a long history of medicinal and culinary use in Asian countries before its introduction to Europe in the 17th century, where it most popularly incorporated into flavored syrups, cordials and preserves.
This aromatic chicken dish utilizes ample ginger and garlic; classic flavors such as soy sauce, rice wine and sesame oil; and warming, licorice-like Star Anise. Serve it atop a mound of fragrant jasmine rice.