Star Anise

Star anise is a spice that closely resembles anise in flavor, obtained from the star-shaped fruit of an evergreen tree native to East Asia. In traditional Eastern medicine, star anise was used to treat colic in babies and more recently to treat influenza. The fruit are harvested just before ripening and then dried to a dark brown color. Its taste is somewhat reminiscent of licorice, and is most popular in Chinese and Indian dishes. Recently, star anise has also become popular in Western cuisine, as it is a less expensive substitute for anise in baking as well as in liquor production--most dis..

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