Star Anise. What to cook with Aniseed.

What is Star Anise?

Star Anise, also known as aniseed, anis seed, or octagon, which mean 8 petals in Chinese, is a spicy, fragrant. They are year-round trees, native to China and Northeastern of Vietnam.

The Effect of Star Anise

In traditional medicine in our country as well as in China, Japan, India … Star Anise is used as a medication, causing gastrointestinal irritation, abdominal pain, pain relief, reduce the contraction in the stomach, in gut, milk benefit, vomiting, pain, rheumatism, back pain, poisoning of meat, fish and cured for snake bites, stimulates taste, regulates blood, anti fatigue and especially good at flu curing.
In western medicine Star Anise Oil is consider to be the elixir, which strengthen the intestinal motility, treat abdominal pain, increase respiratory secretions, help digestion, reduce pain, eliminate phlegm. Anise oil, which inhibits the growth of TB bacteria and other bacterial species, should be used as an antiseptic and epidural anti-fungal.

How to choose

Should choose the whole wings without broken, the old star anise will be more fragrant.
The old wing is brownish-brown, with brownish-brown beads.

How to use anise flowers in cooking

There are two types of Star Anise: Illicium verum and Fructus foeniculi. Illicium verum tastes like licorice, but spicy and more nutritious, are important ingredients to make the dough flavor. Star Anise is also an indispensable spice in the pot of noodle soup, soups, sauces, stews, curry … just to increase nutritional value, as well as create flavor for dishes.
Still, the familiar menu is made from the duck leg, cow’s tail, but when it comes to more warm and warm flowers and decorated decor, the food becomes richer and smoother. In addition, sweet and savory pastries or desserts also contribute to the sparkling meal.


Should be dried to preserve for a long time.
Use sealed plastic bags or bags for preservation.
Occasional exposure to sunlight to avoid mold.
Can be tied and stored in refrigerator cooler.
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