Star anise is the fruit of an evergreen tree of the Magnolia family /Illicium verum/, which has beautiful pale yellow flowers and star-shaped fruits. It originates from the mountainous provinces of southern China, but is also grown in Vietnam, Laos, Jamaica, India, the Philippines.
The star-shaped fruits are picked before they are fully ripe. In each of the eight tips of the fruit there is a seed that gives the aroma. It has been used as a spice and medicine since ancient times.
Along with fennel, cassia, cloves, Szechuan pepper, star anise is part of a five-spice combination that the Chinese grind into powder and use as a spice.
Star anise has an expectorant effect, so anise essential oil is also often used. It has an antispasmodic effect. Star anise seeds enhance lactation in women in labor, and tea is indispensable for baby colic.
Star anise is also recommended for severe hiccups, which often occur spontaneously. Take 2 teaspoons of anise seeds, crush them slightly and pour 250 ml of boiling water, soak for 15 minutes covered and strain. Drink slowly, in sips.
The herb is also recommended to soothe coughs and gas in the stomach (intestines).
Star anise is also beneficial for flu, cold, cough, bronchitis, etc.
This herb has antibacterial properties and is useful even for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It has the ability to increase immunity and protect against a number of viruses and bacteria.
When used in cooking, star anise can be used whole or ground into a powder. In Chinese and Indian cuisine, the spice is often used to flavor soups and curries.
In cooking, star anise is used to flavor mutton, beef and pork dishes and fish, as well as in confectionery to flavor small cakes, jams, compotes and liqueurs.
Star anise combines well with cloves, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon.
Star anise (Illicium verum).
For tea: 1 cup of water is placed on the fire until it boils. Remove from heat and add 2 pcs star anise. Put a lid on the container and let it cool for about 10 min. Strain and drink. In order to reduce gas and stomach bloating, you can take 1 cup of the tea after each meal.
For culinary use, it can be used as an additive to various dishes and drinks.
Packing: 100 g