Native to China and Vietnam, star anise is used in various stews, soups and broths. The pods of the star anise are more powerful than the seeds. So, if you find that your package of this spice is missing seeds, not to worry.
In India, this spice is used as a flavoring agent in rice dishes. The delicate, licorice-like flavor makes for a luscious taste. It brings many other flavors together like nothing else. In Chinese cooking, star anise is one of the five spices inChinese Five Spice powder.
Star anise is harvested from an evergreen tree just before ripening.
In Indian cooking, whole spices are left in the dish after it is prepared. The person who gets the spice in his or her plate, pushes it off to the side. If you bite into a star anise, you will have an intense but unpleasant burst of flavor in your mouth. It is best to enjoy the delicate flavor that has been infused by this beautiful spice.
Star anise is warming and therefore can be combined with with coriander, turmeric, bay leaves and cumin.
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