Ground Star Anise
Our 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.
Storage & handling
Store in a dry, cool place.
Dried star anise.
Star Anise (Illicium vernum) is a spice that closely resembles the anise plant in flavor, but is actually the fruit of a small evergreen tree that is a member of the magnolia family. It is native to southwest China and northeast Vietnam. Star Anise contains anethol, the same compound that gives the unrelated anise plant its flavor.
The spice is used widely in baking due to its warm, sweet flavor, and also plays a key role in long-braised eastern Chinese meat dishes. It especially compliments fatty meats such as duck and pork. In India, the spice is a main ingredient in masala chai and garam masala. It is also an integral seasoning in pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup.
Star Anise has also been used medicinally for the relief of digestive disorders, joint pain 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 was most popularly incorporated into flavored syrups, cordials and preservatives.
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.