Star Anise Pods are one of the most recognizable spices in the world. As the name implies, Star Anise Pods are shaped like stars, with an average of eight points.
Star Anise is widely used in Chinese, Indian, Malay, and Indonesian cuisine. The pods are a key ingredient in Chinese five-spice powder as well as a major component of garam masala.
In the West, Star Anise Pods are often used as a substitute for anise. Despite the close resemblance in flavor, Star Anise Pods have a much stronger, hotter, and more bitter taste than European anise.
Anise Stars make a good substitute for anise because they both contain anethole. Anethole is what gives European anise its characteristic flavor.
We also offer Ground Star Anise