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Star Aniseed Whole

Star Aniseed

From£33.94 per kg

Illicium verum is a medium-sized evergreen tree native to northeast Vietnam and southwest China. A spice commonly called star anise, staranise, star anise seed, star aniseed, Chinese star anise, or badian that closely resembles anise in flavor is obtained from the star-shaped pericarps of the fruit of I. verum which are harvested just before ripening.


Star anise oil is a highly fragrant oil used in cooking, perfumery, soaps, toothpastes, mouthwashes, and skin creams. About 90% of the world’s star anise crop is used for extraction of shikimic acid, a chemical intermediate used in the synthesis of oseltamivir.

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Star anise has an aniseed flavour and is a major ingredient in Asian cooking. It is one of the main flavors in Chinese five spice, as well as Indian Garam Masala blends. In Europe it is often used at Christmas time in cooking and baking. It is also one of the spices used in mulled wine.

The spice is said to hold antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties due to a series of health-promoting compounds including Linalool, Quercetin, Anethole, Shikimic acid, Gallic acid and Limonene. This impressive breakdown of bioactive properties historically promote good health and has seen the spice used throughout history and into the present.

Whole Star Anise is often used in reef making or similar decorations around Christmas time and provides a lovely scent.

Star anise is used in number of drinks, such as the Greek Ouzo, the Italian drink Sambuca, and Jägermeister originating from Germany.

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