Star Anise is the seed pod from the fruit of the Illicium Verum plant. It is a dark mahogany colored 8-pointed star-shaped fruit and each tip of the
star has a bead-like seed. Both the seeds and the pods are used in
Indian cooking. It has a pungent licorice-like aroma. The taste is similar
to fennel seeds, clove, and anise seed. Star anise can be found whole or
ground. It loses its flavor in ground form. When whole or ground it
should exude a fragrant aroma. Toasting heightens the flavor. Star
anise is used in savory meat dishes in Indian Cuisine.
Star anise is rich in antioxidants -Vitamin A and Vitamin C. It improves
digestion, reduces bloating, gas, indigestion, and constipation. It
contains shikimic acid and is used as a treatment for influenza, treats
coughs and flu-like symptoms.
Star Anise can be stored in an airtight container in a pantry.