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Anise Star 1/2 Oz (Illicium verum)

Anise Star 1/2 Oz (Illicium verum)

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One half ounce, seeds & pods.100% Certified USDA Organic & Kosher.

Star Anise (Illicium verum) Star anise boasts a unique star-shaped form and a flavor reminiscent of licorice. Derived from the Illicium verum tree, native to Vietnam and Southwest China, star anise has been a culinary and medicinal staple for centuries.

Traditional Chinese Medicine uses star anise to treat various ailments, including digestive issues, coughs, and arthritis. The spice was even used as currency in some parts of Asia due to its high value.

In the culinary world, star anise takes center stage in many Asian cuisines. It's a key ingredient in the Chinese five-spice blend, lending ts warmth and licorice notes to broths, soups, and stews. Vietnamese pho and Indian curries also frequently feature star anise. Western cultures enjoy star anise in liqueurs like sambuca and pastis, and it adds a unique twist to desserts and pickling brines.

Interestingly, star anise has also found its place in magickal practices. Some cultures associate the star-shaped pod with protection and good luck. It is sometimes burned as incense or carried as a charm for these purposes. However, it's important to note that star anise is not interchangeable with its close namesake, anise seed. While they share a licorice flavor, star anise is significantly more potent, and anise seed is generally preferred for magickal uses.

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