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Star Anise

Original price $8.95 - Original price $8.95
Original price
$8.95 - $8.95
Current price $8.95
Size: 25 g / 0.88 oz

Star Anise (Illicium Verum, I. Anisatum) is the aromatic dried fruit of a small evergreen magnolia native to China. Its warm, sweet, spicy clove and licorice flavour is a defining element in Chinese cooking on its own and as a dominant note in five-spice powder and Chinese master stock. It is also commonly used in Vietnam and in Kerala in southern India. Star anise goes particularly well with mushrooms, lamb, beef, pork, duck and game and to spice fruit compotes and other sweet dishes. Combine it with sweet soy as a delicious marinade for ribs or add it to hearty slow-cooked soups and stews. 

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With a captivating essence that captivates the senses, Star Anise harmoniously pairs with an array of delectable dishes. Its enchanting presence gracefully dances alongside mushrooms, lamb, beef, pork, duck, and game, elevating their flavors to celestial heights. The benefits of star anise are vast, making it a great addition to your kitchen. For those with a penchant for the sweet, this spice serves as the perfect companion to fruit compotes and other luscious sweet dishes, leaving a lingering impression that delights the palate.


Unveil the mysteries of Star Anise, and embark on a journey to discover the countless delights it brings to the table.

About South China Seas

About South China Seas

Since 1994, South China Seas has spent over 30 years sourcing the most intense and flavourful spices from around the world. We grind, blend and package our spices in Vancouver, Canada. Our ever-growing collection of spices, herbs and blends represents our passion for global flavours & exploring international cultures through food. 

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