Star anise

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Fusion: A Culinary Journey


By Peter Gordon

Published 2010

Star anise - the dried small star-shaped fruits of the Illicium verum tree. Its flavour is similar to that of anise as they both share the same essential oil ‘anethole’. It is cultivated almost entirely in southern China (which is where it is believed to have originated) as well as a few areas of South-East Asia.

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