Star Anise

Star Anise

This is a classic Chinese spice.  Native to China and Vietnam, this star shaped spice has a distinct flavour much like Liquorice.  It is widely used as a seasoning in Chinese and Southeast Asian cooking for its highly aromatic, pungent flavour. Only a small section is required in a dish which can be discarded before serving.  Star Anise is one of the dominant spices in the well known 'Chinese 5 Spice' blend.  Add a pod to your poaching liquid for chicken and seafood, excellent with braised meats, roasted duck or in traditional Vietnamese noodle soups.  Combines well with Szechuan peppercorns.  If a recipe calls for ground star anise, grind only what you need.  Whole pods will remain fresh for at least 2 years when stored in a cool, dark place.

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