Star Anise in Cooking?

Answer Star anise is a spice frequently used in Asian cuisine and is a major component of five-spice powder. In its dried form, star anise resembles a star or flower with a seed in each of its eight pods.... Read More »

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Using star anise and/or cinnamon sticks in cooking with rice?

Toss in one or two whole stars and a half a cinnamon stick while the rice is cooking.Take them out before you eat.You can go ahead and grind them then toast them if you really feel the need.

How to Use Star Anise?

Star anise is a licorice-flavored, star-shaped fruit grown in China, Vietnam and Japan that is picked before ripening, then dried as a spice. The flavor has a slightly bitter quality and is more po... Read More »

How to Grow Star Anise?

Star anise, or illicium verum, is the fruit of an evergreen tree. Star anise fruit grows to be about 1 1/4 inches in diameter, with five to 10 points, giving it a star-shaped appearance. The fruit... Read More »

Substitutes for Star Anise Pods?

A variety of cuisines use star anise pods, which add a sweet licorice flavor to dishes. The pods are often used in poached fruit, but can be ground and added to soups, stews or vegetable dishes. St... Read More »