First introduced into Europe in the 17th century, Star Anise is native to China and Vietnam and is unrelated to Anise. This ornate looking spice contains a small seed in each of its eight pods. Used as a popular spice in Chinese and Indian cuisine, as well as in traditional Vietnamese dishes. This Organic Star Anise is powerful and licorice-like; its bouquet and flavor are more pungent and stronger than anise.
Suggestions: This Organic Star Anise goes well with duck, fish, pork, poultry, shrimp, and even eggs, leeks, pastry, pears, and pumpkin. Use this powerful spice sparingly, as a little goes a long way. Mix this with Fish Sauce if making a Southeast Asian soup.