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Star Anise


Star Anise

Frontier Bulk Star Anise, 25 lb. box Frontier Bulk Star Anise, 25 lb. box (Illicium verum)
Frontier Bulk Star Anise, 25 lb. box
Frontier Bulk Star Anise, 25 lb. box
Size: 400 oz
Price: $537.75
Botanical Name: Illicium verum Hook. f.
Product Notes: A warm-sweet seasoning that imparts a licorice-like flavor to desserts, liquors and meats.

Origin: Vietnam
Kosher: KSA Certified
Common Name: Star Anise
Plant Part: Fruit
Grade: Select Grade (minimum 75% whole stars)
Bar Code: 0-89836-80198-2
400 oz Box 537.75 addtocart1

An unusual, star-shaped spice, star anise adds pungent, licorice-like flavor and aroma to meats, stews, mulled beverages and liqueurs.

Botanical name: Illicium verum Hook. f.

Star AniseStar anise is also an essential ingredient in blends like five spice and garam masala--and it makes a lovely addition to potpourri.

Star anise is the distinctive fruit of an evergreen tree, Illicium verum. Related to the magnolia, it has a whitish, aromatic trunk and grows to about 26 feet. The star anise is the unripe fruit that's been picked and dried. It's sold both whole and ground into an aromatic, red-brown powder. It's also known as anise star, takkola, and Chinese star anise.

The Chinese name for star anise means eight points, and most of the specimens do have eight carpels, or points (though you can find star anise with as few as five and as many as 12 points). Each of the carpels forms a little capsule with one single brown seed inside. Japanese star anise (Illicium anisatum) is not the same plant. In fact, it's toxic and is used primarily for incense.

Star anise is a source of shikimic acid, which is used to produce the anti-flu drug tamiflu. It also contains anethole, which give both star anise and anise their licorice-like flavor. A bit stronger than anise seed, this intriguing spice is often used in Chinese and Vietnamese cooking.
Chinese star anise has been used as a spice and medicine for over 3000 years. The genus name is thought to come from the Latin illicium, which means allurement, a reference to the sweet aroma of the fruits. The English navigator Sir Thomas Cavendish brought star anise to Europe via the Philippines in 1578.

Star AniseSuggested Uses:
The aroma of star anise is strong and licorice-like, more pungent than anise seed, but similar. Its flavor is like anise, but slightly harsher and more bitter. Star anise is very popular in Chinese dishes, though it can be found in other cuisines as well-- like South Vietnamese, Indonesian, Indian, and Malaysian. It's used in Vietnamese noodle soup, and in Thailand you'll find it flavoring an iced black tea. In India it's an important ingredient in curry powder and garam masala blends, while in China it's a crucial ingredient in five spice powder, stocks and stews, with beef and chicken, and in marbled eggs (an hors d'ouevre). The Mandarin Chinese often chew the fruit whole as a breath freshener. Star anise is also used to flavor liqueurs like anisette and pernod.

Try star anise in meat and poultry dishes (especially pork, duck, and chicken), soups and stocks, and with fruits and compotes. Include it with other whole spices for mulling wine and cider.

Appetizers & Snacks
Easy Prune and Hazelnut "Salami" 10 min 15 min
Moderate Homemade Chai Latte Concentrate
Easy Jamaican Christmas Punch 10 min 7 min
Easy Rosehip Aquavit 10 min
Moderate Sarsaparilla Root Beer 5 minutes 4 hours
Easy Wassail 10 min 15 min
Moderate Cardamom Chai Tea Ice Cream 10 minutes 30 minutes
Easy Spiced Plum-Cherry Soup 10 min 50 min
Moderate Summer Fruit Soup 20-25 min 15 min
Main Dishes
Moderate Asian-Style Pot Roast 30 min 2 1/2 hr
Easy Chicken Adobo with Cinnamon and Anise 15 min 1 hr
Side Dishes
Easy Chile-Hot Bright Green Soybeans with Garlic 15 min 15-20 min
Easy Cornmeal Porridge 10 min 25-30 min
Soups & Chili
Easy Spiced Plum-Cherry Soup 10 min 50 min
Moderate Split-Pea Soup with Shiitake and Star Anise 20-30 min 55-65 min
Challenging Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup with Vermicelli Rice Noodles 1 hr 50 min
Moderate Summer Fruit Soup 20-25 min 15 min
Moderate Vietnamese Pho with Tofu 30 min 3 1/2 hrs

Indigenous to eastern China and northeastern Vietnam, star anise is now widely cultivated in Spain, France, Italy, Morocco, China, India, the Philippines, Jamaica, and Laos. China and Vietnam are the world's major producers, though.

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