Star anise

lllicium verum

Appears in

The New Vegetarian

The New Vegetarian

By Colin Spencer

Published 1986

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Star anise

Dried star-shaped pods containing small oval-shaped seeds. Pods (whole or cracked), and whole or ground seeds are available. Star anise contains the same essential oils as anise. It is much used in Oriental cooking and is one of the ingredients of five-spice powder. It is used in spicy dishes, desserts, cakes, biscuits/cookies and drinks.