Smoked Star Anise
Smoked Star Anise
Smoked Star Anise
Smoked Star Anise

Smoked Star Anise

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Our star anise is picked by hand in the mountains near the border between Vietnam and China. It's grown by partner farmers (and cousins!) Chu Thi How and Hoang Thi Keo. The star anise fruits grow on tall, straight trees. They start out as fibrous green fruits with a tart, underripe-peach flavor when they're picked, and they turn reddish-brown as they dry.

The winter harvest of this incredibly flavorful ingredient yields slightly smaller fruits that are first dried over a wood fire and then being sun-dried. This process concentrates the natural sweetness of the fruit and highlights the rich, nutty licorice essence while also imparting a light smoked aroma.

Our Smoked Star Anise has 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.

Hint hint: Chew on a petal before cooking with it so you can experience the whole range of flavors. It's a wild ride!

  • 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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Our Smoked Star Anise is grown by members of the Muong ethnic group in northeastern Vietnam. We work with two cousins (pictured): Chu Thi How (left) and Hoang Thi Keo, who own a vertically integrated star anise company. They grow the fruits on their own farm and buy fresh fruit from their neighbors and community members, and they have a drying facility set up on the hill behind their home. Before our partnership, everything that they grew was shipped to China (the border is only about 15 miles away), but we're now their first and only US partner.

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01/05/2021
Anonymous
United States United States

True Star Anise

Excellent.Made some pho soup and the flavor was amazing.

CB
01/04/2021
Claudia B.
United States United States

Fresh, fresh, fresh

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.

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12/09/2020
Anonymous
United States United States

Amazing!

So fragrant. I never knew star anise could smell this good! So glad I decided to add this to my order.

SM
11/09/2020
Samuel M.
United States United States

Incredible depth of flavor

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!

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10/28/2020
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

Level up!

Next level spices, I am hooked!

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