Culinary Notes: Star anise is often used to flavour slow-cooked dishes in Indian and Chinese cuisine. Single star anise can be used to flavour an entire soup, chicken, duck and pork. It can also be reused. It has a slightly stronger flavour and aroma than the regular anise and it has a similar sweet and licorice flavour as the Spanish anise seed. Due to its beautiful star-shaped form with eight points and deep dark reddish brown hue, it is an attractive garnish. The whole star anise pieces are used for garnishes in many dishes or even in a cup of tea. If you need ground star anise, you can grind the whole star, as some stir-fries also call for the use of ground star anise.
Health Benefits: Star Anise whole has several health benefits as it has stomachic, stimulant, and diuretic properties. It helps to treat abdominal pain and digestive disturbances. It has anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant and anti-fungal properties. It can be also used as a natural breath freshener by sucking one of the stars.
Ingredients: 100% dried Whole Star Anise
How to Use:
- Use to flavour tea, marinades, and soups
- Use star anise in baking, meat rubs, and bbq sauce
- Use star anise in fruit compotes and jams and syrup recipes
- Add flavour to stewed compotes of fruit when placed in whole during cooking
- Add star anise into the chicken or duck to get the spicy-sweet Chinese flavour
- Add to Indian stews and curries
- Add whole when cooking rice for pulao and biryanis
- Use in confectionery, to impart a mild sweetness and spicy flavour
Recipe/Product links: Click below or scan the QR code on the back of your product packet to find recipes and how-to-use instructions Cleansing Vietnamese Beef Stew
How to Select:
Try to select high-quality star anise whole that is not broken, with its distinctive aroma and its dark reddish-brown colour. Store Star Anise Whole in an airtight container, in a cool, dark place away from heat and light for up to two years.
Country of Origin: Grown in Indonesia, Packed in Australia
Other Names or Spelling: star anise seed, Chinese star anise, or badia
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where can I buy star anise? You can easily find our Star Anise in the spices section at your nearest grocery store or simply order it online from our website.
2. Can you buy a ground star anise? You can easily find our ground Star Anise in the spices section at your nearest grocery store or simply order it online from our website.
3. What is a good substitute for star anise? The best alternatives for star anise is Ground Cloves and Cassia Bark powder. You can use them in equal amount. You can also use Aniseed and Fennel Seeds.
4. What is the difference between anise and star anise? Anise, a small-brown coloured seed, is more potent. It has a stronger and spicy flavour, whereas star anise is star-shaped and mildly spicy.
5. What does star anise taste like? Star anise has an exotic flavour. It is sweet as licorice and has a similar flavour to that of anise.