Star anise is known to be common in many Chinese dishes, mainly involving pork or chicken, which mainly contains three essential oils as unrelated Anise Seed. Its key ingredient is five-spice powder. Star Anise is a spice made from the fruit of the Chinese evergreen trees. The Star anise, which is shaped like a star, has an average point of 8 sides. Each side contains pea-sized seeds. If we talk about what we use in cooking, then the whole pod or the seeds, both are used in cooking delicious meals. Its flavor is more like a warm and sweet and strong licorice, fennel, and clove-type flavor with a strong aroma. It pairs well with onion, citrus, poultry, cinnamon and ginger. Star Anise is mostly used to give a pinch taste to soups and some Chinese pork recipes. It can be used in stewed fruit dishes, and curries, and can be used as a substitute for anise seeds as they have a similar taste. Star anise is used in the ground and as a whole piece. It is grown in China, Indo-China, and Japan. It’s a pillar ingredient in Chinese dishes. Star anise makes a good substitute for anise because they have anethole which gives European anise its characteristic flavor. There is so much confusion about Star Anise and Anise seeds due to their similar names and similar tastes. They are not from the same plant family, and they also differ in its appearance. Star anise seeds are larger while anise seeds are smaller and look more like fennel seeds. It is best if you store the whole and the ground seeds in an air-tight jar, keeping it away from moisture, heat, or sunlight.
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