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Our Star Anise flowers are sourced from their traditional location in Vietnam, and impart a lovely sweet and liquorice flavour to food. Use one flavour to flavour any liquids, or grind a small amount and use as any dry spice.
Star anise has a very strong, distinct flavour that is warm, sweet, and spicy, similar to liquorice, fennel seed, clove, and anise seed, of course. Although the flavour of star anise is generally thought of as sweet, it is commonly used in savoury dishes; it pairs well with citrus, onions, poultry, beef, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger and should be used in small quantities.
When sipping from a steaming bowl of Vietnamese pho, you’ll find a delicate broth that possesses a wonderfully aromatic flavour profile comparable to liquorice or fennel. Star anise is the most likely culprit for that flavour.
A secret ingredient in traditional Asian dishes, this warming, sweet spice can be simmered in broths and braises to add extra depth of flavour.
Star Anise is highly versatile. We've seen it work great in cooking things from Tofu and Chicken, all the way to Desserts and in French Fine Dining.
Star anise also makes a great addition to sweet dishes and desserts, such as baked fruit, pies, quick bread and muffins.
If you’ve never used this spice in your culinary pursuits before, keep in mind that a little goes a long way. Start with a small amount and add more to taste in order to avoid using too much.
Flavour: Liquorice, Fennel, Sweetness