Star anise starts as a fibrous green fruit with a tart, underripe-peach flavor that turns into the woody red-brown spice as it dries. The drying process (a few hours over a wood fire before being sun-dried) concentrates the natural sweetness of the fruit and highlights the rich, nutty licorice essence.
Our star anise is picked by hand in the mountains near the border between Vietnam and China, grown by our partner farmer Chu Thi How and her cousin Hoang Thi Keo. The fruits grow on tall, straight trees and are green when they're picked, then turn brown as they dry. They have a beautiful flavor and aroma perfect for both sweet and savory dishes. Add petals to stocks, braised meats, rice, teas and cocktails, or grind them up for desserts and baked goods.
- Origin: Lang Son, Vietnam
- Processing: Dried over a fire, then sun-dried
- Ingredients: True star anise fruits (Illicium verum), smoked
- Tasting Notes: Licorice • Tart Fruit • Honey
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- Add petals to homemade stocks, broths and braises
- Throw 1-2 pods into a pot of rice after adding water
- Add to your mulling spice mix for wine, pears, cocktails and teas
- Grind and add to spice cookies, holiday cakes and homemade frosting or whipped cream
- Pairs well with: Royal Cinnamon, Pemba Cloves, Buffalo Ginger
Our Smoked Star Anise is grown by members of the Muong ethnic group in northeastern Vietnam. We work with two cousins who own a vertically integrated star anise company. They grow the fruits on their own farm and buy fresh fruit from their neighbors, and they have a drying facility set up on the hill behind their home. Everything that they grow gets shipped to China (the border is only about 15 miles away), but we're now their first and only US partner.
Meet the Farmer: Chu Thi How (left) and Hoang Thi Keo are cousins and members of the Muong ethnic group in northeastern Vietnam. They started with their own star anise farm and eventually built their own drying facility adjacent to their home. Now they dry the star anise that they grow and the star anise that is grown by the rest of their community of farmers.
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Excellent.Made some pho soup and the flavor was amazing.
I bought several spices and they’re all fresh and much more flavorful than anything I’ve bought in the past. Been itching to get away from grocery store yuck. Try the cinnamons if you’re a fan, they’re excellent.
So fragrant. I never knew star anise could smell this good! So glad I decided to add this to my order.
I have used this star anise in chicken stock so far and it is a game changer. One pod is more than sufficient to add a whole new dimension to the stock that shines through in dishes!
Next level spices, I am hooked!