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Star Anise Whole Organic


Origin: Vietnam

Our organic star anise has a warm, yet subtle, sweet liquorice flavour, and a pungent aroma. It will add beautiful depth to your spice mixes, both sweet and savoury dishes, and hot beverages.

Available for shipping everywhere in the Netherlands or local pickup.


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About Star Anise Whole Organic

Star anise has a strong, distinct flavor that is sweet and spicy. It resembles to licorice, fennel seeds, cloves, and of course anise seeds. Although the flavor of star anise is generally thought of as sweet, it is commonly used in savory dishes; it pairs well with citrus, onions, poultry, beef, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger and should be used in small quantities.

Star anise is essential to Chinese cuisine and indispensable to five-spice powder. In South India, it may be added to biryani and used in some versions of Garam Masala. Vietnamese pho would be incomplete without its distinctive flavor.

Star anise is rich in shikimic acid, which has shown to bolster the immune system, it is an antibacterial agent and aids digestion. In Chinese medicine is often used for digestive problems, stomach pain, headaches and rheumatism.

Storage and shelf life

Store organic star anise in a dry and sealable food storage container – we recommend glass. Keep the container in a cool, dry and dark area out of the sun and heat. Sunlight and heat can reduce the nutritional and flavoring quality of the herb. Keep the container away from liquids that may leak into it.

Organic star anise, when properly stored, have a shelf life for up to 1 year.

Shipping and delivery

The product is available for delivery and pick up from our store in de Pijp.

The product is delivered in recycled paper bags.

Nutricional information

Per teaspoon (2,1g)

Calories 7,1

Total Fat 0,3gr

Saturated Fat 0g

Trans Fat 0g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0,1g

Monounsaturated Fat 0,2g

Cholesterol 0mg

Sodium 0,3mg

Potassium 30mg

Total Carbohydrates 1,1g

Dietary Fiber 0,3g

Protein 0,4g

Allergens: No know allergens.

How to use

Star anise is essential to Chinese cuisine and indispensable to five-spice powder. In South India, it may be added to biryani and used in some versions of Garam Masala. Vietnamese pho would be incomplete without its distinctive flavor.

Star anise has a pungent and sweet flavor with a mildly numbing effect, and an agreeable fresh aftertaste. It enhances the sweetness of leeks, pumpkin and root vegetables. Much of the flavor is locked up in the hard carpels of the pods; each carpel contains a seed – shiny seeds have less flavor that the carpels where the fragrant compounds are concentrated. The flavor and aroma is best released in presence of oil and alcohol and when cooking with alliums ( onion, garlic, leek, scallion, chives, shallot). It is better to slow cook with the whole pods to allow time for the flavors to escape the woody husk.

It is also used in sweet preparations to flavor syrups for poaching figs, pears and other tropical fruits. It is widely used in soups, stocks and marinades for steaming meat. Star anise also colors and flavors the marbled tea eggs.

You can also add one star per cup into freshly brewed coffee, herbal teas or chai.

Flavor Pairings

Chicken (in stock for poaching), Pork, fish and seafood (in broth for court-bouillon), figs, tropical fruits, leeks, pumpkin, root vegetables, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, garlic, lemon grass, lime peel, soy sauce.

Other interesting information

Star anise’s Latin/ botanical name means “allurement”, referring to its sweet smell and pretty shape. It has been cultivated for more than 3,000 years for culinary and medicinal use in its native southwest China and northeast Vietnam. It symbolizes good fortune in Chinese culture, where finding a star with more than the normal eight arms is considered very good luck. Currently is cultivated in China, India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Japan and Taiwan.

Tasty & fresh
We’ve selected our product due to the strong quality control process of our supplier and their relationship with their producers. We are confident in the high quality of the product evident from the taste, smell and coloring. The product is not irradiated and do not contain any ingredient or additive derived from or produced using GMOs or their derivatives. We always try each batch for freshness and taste as soon as they arrive to our store to ensure that meets our standards.

Star anise is indigenous to South Eastern China, production is limited to China and Vietnam.

Our impact
We buy in bulk from our supplier to reduce packaging and carbon footprint from transportation. We offer the product in reusable or recyclable packaging.

The product is certified organic by SKAL in Netherlands (NL-BIO-01).

Producer's impact
Our supplier has maintained a policy of fairness, caring about the environmental aspects of their business as well as its social and economic aspects. This product come from responsible sources and is certified by Ecocert as organic agriculture. They also have ensured their producer conducts business respectfully, has transparent chains, produces climate neutrally, uses renewable packaging and shows social commitment.