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Star anise – What is it and how to cook with it?

Star Anise is a unique spice that has a sweet anise flavour. Learn more about this spice, including where to buy it and how to cook with it!

Star Anise is, by far, the prettiest spice in my cupboard. These fragrant little pods look more like delicate wood carvings than something you would cook with! While they would probably be a lovely addition to potpourri, they have much more to offer than just their looks.

Did you know that Star Anise is one of the five spices in Chinese five-spice powder? It’s also one of the predominant flavours in Vietnamese Pho (a noodle soup), and Sambuca (an Italian liqueur). Read on to learn more about this spice, including how to use it in your cooking.

WHAT IS STAR ANISE

Star Anise is a star-shaped seed pod from an evergreen tree, which is Native to China.

4 WAYS TO COOK WITH STAR ANISE

While technically not related to regular anise, this spice does have a similar flavour. This isn’t the strong, medicinal liquorice flavour of black jelly beans though. The flavour of star anise is sweeter – more similar to fennel than liquorice. Although it is more bitter than regular anise seeds.

WHERE TO BUY STAR ANISE?

Star Anise is sold whole, in pieces, and ground into a powder. Packages of whole star anise can be expensive, since it takes a lot of work to gather the spice and keep its shape intact. The packages I usually buy have some whole pieces and lots of broken pieces. These packages are more affordable, and I don’t feel bad about crushing the broken bits (save the whole ones for garnish!).

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