Star Anise Raw
Star anise is a spicy fruit-pod, obtained from the evergreen tree native to South-West China. It has a similar flavor and taste like that of anise seed. Star-shaped fruits appear on the tree which turns rust-red color when completely ripe. On the interior, these fruits envelope small, round, amber-colored seeds. Both the seed as well as fruit husks used as a spice in cooking.
Anise seeds, its oil as well as fresh young leaves used in cooking. The flavor may be heightened by gentle toasting the seeds. Its seeds feature sweet, aromatic flavor. They employed in a variety of savory and sweet dishes. The whole seeds, and often freshly ground powder can be added to the recipes at the last moment to limit the evaporation of essential volatile oils in them. This delicate spice used as a flavoring base for soups, sauces, bread, cakes, biscuits and in the confectionary. Anise seeds, as well as its oil, has been in use in the preparation of sweet dishes in many Asian countries. Its seeds also used as a flavoring base for the preparation of herbal tea; and a liquor called anisette.
The spicy seeds are one of the important source of minerals like calcium, iron, copper, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium. 100 g dry seeds contain 36.96 mg or 462% daily required levels of iron.Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. The spice also contains good amounts of anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-C and vitamin-A.
How to Store-
At home, store anise in airtight containers; place in cool, dark place. Ground powdered anise should be kept in airtight containers and used as early as possible since it loses its flavor rather quickly.Star anise, on the other hand, has a longer shelf life. Ground star anise should be stored in an airtight container, away from sunlight.