Product: Star Anise, Ground
Latin Name: Illicium verum
Plant Family: Illiciaceae
Other Names: Indian Anise, Chinese Anise, Chinese Star Anise, Eight-Horned Anise, Eight Horns, Eight Horned Fennel, Badian Anise, Anis Étoilé, Anis de la Chine, Sternanis, Badayan, Anison Asteroeides, Anice Stellatoe, Anís Estrella, Chan Paetklip & Steranijs.
Description: Star Anise comes from an evergreen tree, native to China, Indian and Vietnam; it grows to a height of between 8-15 metres. The leaves are alternate, simple, leathery, dark green and obovate with entire margins and 6-12cm in length. The flowers are solitary, bisexual, composed of numerous petals, white to light purple in colour. The flowers give way to distinct star-shaped woody fruits, comprised of 8 separate carpels. Each carpel is hollow and capsule like with a single, brown, ovoid seed contained within.
Brief History: Did you know that it takes 6 years of growing before the Star Anise tree produces fruit? After that it gives 3 harvests per year and will continue to flower and fruit for 100 years or more. Star anise was first brought to Europe in 1588 by Thomas Cavendish, an explorer and privateer who modelled himself on Sir Francis Drake; he discovered the spice on a voyage to the Philippine Islands.
Ingredients: Ground dried fruits of Illcium vernum.
SUGGESTED USEStar anise is one of the key ingredients in chinese five-spice. Star anise is used to flavour vegetables, meat, and poultry. Add to Chinese curries, sauces, soups, marinades, salad dressings.
Use as a dry marinade for prawns, white fish, chicken, duck, beef, pork and vegetables, stir in to rice dishes and stir fries. Use to flavour fruit salads, pickles and chutneys. The spice can also be used to make mulled wine. Ground star anise can also be added to biscuit and muffin recipes and used to flavour confectionaries, spirits, and puddings.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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