anise star, whole

$23.94 - $181.65
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The product of a small evergreen tree, our Anise Star Whole is an exquisite spice that embodies sweetness and bitterness with a vibrant licorice flavor and fennel-like aroma. Each dark brown to tan star-shaped pod encapsulates a pea-sized seed within its eight segments, carefully handpicked before ripening, then sun-dried to achieve optimal flavor and potency. Its potent essence infuses a unique warmth and depth of flavor that can transform a variety of dishes, making it a versatile addition to your culinary repertoire. Often heralded in Chinese cuisine, this stellar spice is an essential ingredient in five-spice powder, a diverse range of teas, and fine liqueurs. From savory meat-based preparations like duck, pork, poultry, fish and shellfish to sweet delights using apples, pears, and intricate pastries, Anise Star Whole is truly a star in the culinary world.

Brew a comforting tea with a few Anise Stars, a touch of honey, and a squeeze of lemon for a soothing, warm drink.

Incorporate Anise Star Whole into your five-spice powder blend, enhancing the richness of your stir-fries, grilled meats, and roasted vegetables.

Elevate your pastry game by infusing the Anise Star into your dough or cream fillings, offering a subtle licorice hint that balances the sweetness of your baked goods.

Add a few stars to your poaching liquid for fruits like pears and apples, providing a complex layer of flavor that complements the natural sweetness of the fruit.

Experiment with a sprinkle of ground Anise Star in your marinade for poultry, pork, or seafood, gifting your dishes with a unique depth of flavor that dances between sweet and bitter.

Ingredients: star anise dried