Star Anise

Star anise is a captivating spice that hails from the fruit of the Illicium verum tree, native to Southeast Asia. It is named for its star-shaped appearance, with each pod containing numerous seeds and a distinct licorice-like flavor. Star anise is a popular spice in both sweet and savory dishes, known for its ability to infuse a rich, aromatic essence. It’s a key component in Chinese five-spice powder, used in braised meats, soups, and marinades. Additionally, it lends its distinctive flavor to many desserts, including baked goods and beverages like mulled wine.

The production of star anise for export involves a meticulous process. The fruit is harvested when green and then sun-dried until it turns a reddish-brown color. After drying, the seeds are extracted from the pods and packaged for export. Strict quality control measures ensure that only the finest star anise makes its way to international markets, where its exotic and flavorful appeal continues to captivate food enthusiasts and culinary experts worldwide.

Star anise is obtained from the pods. Normally, it has 6 – 8 petals, arranged in a star shape with a diameter of 2.5 to 3cm. Each wing has a small, smooth and egg-shaped seed inside. Most of the star anise flower will be dried and exported as dried flowers after harvesting. A small part is used to produce essential oils. PL Vietnam is glad to supply a variety of star anise products, including whole, broken, superior grade, standard grade. The dried star anise has a clean appearance, no fungus or mounds, a prominent aroma, and its natural color. Star anise’s flavor is unique, sweet, and a little nutty, with a pleasant aftertaste. True to its name, star anise has a fennel and licorice-like aroma.

Below are some types of star anise, please take a moment for more information:
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