Origin and flavor of Star anise

1. Origin:

Star Anise is the seed of the Illicium verum tree.
Lllicium verum has Vietnamese names: Dai Hoi, Dai An Huong, Bat Giac Hoi, star anise or Tai Vi.
Lllicium verum is a famous year-round green spice plant with a very special aroma, it is native to China and northeastern Vietnam.
The star-shaped fruits of star anise are harvested before ripening. Star anise is shaped like a star (hence it is called Star Anise), with six to eight large wings, each containing a seed. Both the nut and skin contain a sweet, star anise flavor. Before it is used as a spice, it is dried to catch the eye and then used.
Star anise is widely used in Chinese, Southeast Asian and Indonesian cuisine. Star anise is an ingredient of five traditional flavors in Chinese cooking. It is also an ingredient used in cooking Vietnamese broth soup.

2. The taste of Star Anise

Surely you have eaten Vietnamese pho or Chinese dishes. There is always a pleasant sweetness in these dishes, the flavor that comes mostly from star anise.
Star anise has a very strong manic flavor, slightly sweet but slightly pungent. So Star Anise is used in very small doses and it often goes well with savory dishes. Star anise is often associated with oranges, tangerines, onions, poultry, beef, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger …
Nowadays, not only Chinese and Vietnamese love star anise but also Western dishes are used Star Anise  to add flavor to the dish
Star anise is widely used in Chinese, Southeast Asian and Indonesian cuisine. Star anise is an ingredient of five traditional flavors in Chinese cooking. It is also an ingredient used in cooking Vietnamese broth soup.

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