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Star Anise

Deep brown star anise pods are the fruit of an evergreen that originated in China. Used both whole and ground, star anise imparts a strong, sweet, complex licorice flavor and aroma with caramel undertones.

Kitchen Aide Star Anise photograph by Jim Scherer / Styling by Catrine Kelty
photograph by Jim Scherer / Styling by Catrine Kelty

DEEP BROWN star anise pods are the fruit of an evergreen that originated in China. Used both whole and ground, star anise imparts a strong, sweet, complex licorice flavor and aroma with caramel undertones. It is a defining element of Chinese five-spice powder and a popular flavoring in Western cultures as well, particularly in baking and making liqueurs. Most supermarkets carry star anise, usually whole.