Star anise, unbeatable in beauty, is also an absolutely versatile spice. Star anise is native to tropical areas and grows on evergreen trees. Star anise is often used in Chinese cuisine alongside of fennel, cinnamon, cloves and Szechuan pepper. These spices often make up a five-spice powder that is an important part of making curry. Star anise has a flavor similar to anise, but has an additional licorice flavor and a certain sharpness. Whether used for flavoring drinks or meat, fish and vegetables, the possibilities for using this spice are almost endless.
Whole star anise is a typical Christmas spice and seasons mulled wine, desserts and baked goods.
For Hot Drinks, For Sweets and Desserts, Christmas Cuisine