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Frontier Natural Products Organic Whole Star Anise Select 16 oz (453 g)

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  • Illicium Verum
  • USDA Organic
  • Kosher
  • Certified Organic by QAI

An unusual, star-shaped spice, star anise adds pungent, licorice-like flavor and aroma to meats, stews, mulled beverages and liqueurs.

Star anise is also an essential ingredient in blends like five spice and garam masala--and it makes a lovely addition to potpourri.

Star anise is the distinctive fruit of an evergreen tree, Illicium verum. Related to the magnolia, it has a whitish, aromatic trunk and grows to about 26 feet. The star anise is the unripe fruit that's been picked and dried. It's sold both whole and ground into an aromatic, red-brown powder. It's also known as anise star, takkola, and Chinese star anise.

The Chinese name for star anise means eight points, and most of the specimens do have eight carpels, or points (though you can find star anise with as few as five and as many as 12 points). Each of the carpels forms a little capsule with one single brown seed inside. Japanese star anise (Illicium anisatum) is not the same plant. In fact, it's toxic and is used primarily for incense.

Star anise is a source of shikimic acid, which is used to produce the anti-flu drug tamiflu. It also contains anethole, which give both star anise and anise their licorice-like flavor. A bit stronger than anise seed, this intriguing spice is often used in Chinese and Vietnamese cooking.
Chinese star anise has been used as a spice and medicine for over 3000 years. The genus name is thought to come from the Latin illicium, which means allurement, a reference to the sweet aroma of the fruits. The English navigator Sir Thomas Cavendish brought star anise to Europe via the Philippines in 1578.

Brand Frontier Natural Products
Weight 1.06 lbs
Count 16 oz (453 g)
SanaCause Points 20

The aroma of star anise is strong and licorice-like, more pungent than anise seed, but similar. Its flavor is like anise, but slightly harsher and more bitter. Star anise is very popular in Chinese dishes, though it can be found in other cuisines as well-- like South Vietnamese, Indonesian, Indian, and Malaysian. It's used in Vietnamese noodle soup, and in Thailand you'll find it flavoring an iced black tea. In India it's an important ingredient in curry powder and garam masala blends, while in China it's a crucial ingredient in five spice powder, stocks and stews, with beef and chicken, and in marbled eggs (an hors d'ouevre). The Mandarin Chinese often chew the fruit whole as a breath freshener. Star anise is also used to flavor liqueurs like anisette and pernod.

Try star anise in meat and poultry dishes (especially pork, duck, and chicken), soups and stocks, and with fruits and compotes. Include it with other whole spices for mulling wine and cider.

Frontier Co-op specializes in natural and organic products. Their products are found in natural products stores and specialty shops throughout the United States and Canada. By offering easy access to high-quality, competitively priced choices that are both environmentally friendly and socially responsible, Frontier seeks to lead the way in bringing nature - and peace of mind - to their customers.

As a leading supplier of organic herbs and spices, Frontier Natural Products holds a leadership position, not only in the marketplace, but also in the effort to convert food producers to sustainable farming and production practices. Their work is driven by the belief that fostering environmental responsibility is crucial to our world's future.

Frontier’s wide selection of aromatherapy products provides the highest quality and purity available. They also have the largest selection of organic aromatherapy products available.

The company believes in conducting their business with unwavering integrity. With every interaction they practice honesty, respect, and clear communication. Frontier’s business partners share a dedication to environmental and social sustainability, and together they generate lively, innovative solutions for a better world.

Frontier believes that every person wishes to leave a positive mark on the world. The company’s goal is to leave future generations with a healthier world than the one we live in today.

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