Star anise – a star among the spices
Also known as Chinese star anise, this star-shaped spice comes from the evergreen tree of Illicium Verum from the family of Magnolia (Magniliaceae). The mother plant can grow up to 8 meters high. The leaves are green, elongated and pointed at the ends. You show a matte variant of the yellow or pale green. After five years, the tree is the fruits. These look like stars and are wide between 2-3 centimeters.
Real star anise
Known as Chinese star anise
The star-shaped anise has between six and ten top spice. When ripe, the fruits are dark brown. At the top there are the seeds and the latter are used as a spice. But using it can be only after the fifteenth year of the tree.
Anise fruits and seeds
History of use of the anise spice
This anise spice originates from South-East Asia. In China and India grows the tree at an altitude between 600 and 1500 metres above sea level. Before our era already the Chinese have used the seeds in different foods and remedies. The wood of the tree itself found a use in shipbuilding.
The anise spice Europe reached only in the 16th century. How many types of exotic spice’s also brought a lot of interest. In many baking and cooking food and also medicine of star anise is a wide usage.
When ripe, the fruits are dark brown
Ingredients and storage
The star-shaped anise spice contains much Anethole, tannins, resins and sugars. The effective date when shopping is very important. Because otherwise the good properties are lost. The seeds can be used in powder or block. You will win an aromatic substance. It is preserved in closed vessels made from natural materials.
There are in the Chinese star anise Anethol, tannins, resins and sugars
Anise seed powder
Good for the health
The star-shaped anise spice is in many respects very good for your health. Easier the secretions separate this from. Successfully handled problems also with the stomach-intestinal system. It is beneficial for the liver.
Herbs and medicinal plants
Anise spice in the hospitality industry
This spice is a wide use in the gastronomy. In ground form, it comes in very many sweets, jams, jellies, and baked goods.
Indian black tea with milk and star anise
Geese, chicken and beef can be provided also with a better taste. Also fish and many vegetarian soups taste great so. Combined it can be still beautiful with black pepper, dill, garlic, and parsley. You may use too much of the anise spice. The anise is very strong in fresh condition. One gram might be enough for a full portion.
Chicken roast seasoned with anise
Yummy cake with spices
Cinnamon, star anise, oranges and pistachios provide an Oriental taste
Dessert with Chia seeds and yoghurt
Black chocolate, coffee beans, cinnamon sticks and star anise fruits
Soft drink in the Oriental style