Star anise has come into use in the West as a less expensive substitute for anise in baking as well as in liquor production, most distinctively in the production of the liquor Galliano. It is also used in the production of Sambuca. Star anise has been used in a tea as a remedy for colic and rheumatism, and the seeds are sometimes chewed after meals to aid digestion. An ingredient in Chinese five spice, star anise is a cross in flavor of fennel and anise and can be used whole and removed after cooking, or ground into a powder to season everything from barbeque to curry.
Category: Whole Spices