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Star Anise Pods, Whole

(9 customer reviews)



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

Whole Star Anise Pods


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  1. 5 out of 5

    Star Anise

    Nice stars and no seeds missing.

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    22 out of 23 people found this helpful
  2. 5 out of 5

    Thank You

    I moved to a small town and can no longer get these near my home. I’m thrilled to find such quality stars online at such a good price. I’m ordering all my hard to get spices from here from now on.

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    22 out of 24 people found this helpful
  3. 5 out of 5

    Star Anise Pods

    This was an amazing buy. Fragrant, fresh, and fully intact. For the relatively inexpensive price I thought I was taking a gamble and there would surely be some broken pieces, but these babies came to me whole and looking beautiful and smelling great. Maybe I got lucky! Exceeded my expectations, 5 stars.

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    20 out of 21 people found this helpful
  4. 5 out of 5

    Great price, good product

    As good as the pods I buy from the Chinese market. Now I don’t have to drive so far out of the way to get em. Arrived in good shape too with many stars looking as nice as the picture!

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    19 out of 36 people found this helpful

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