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Star Anise Pieces


Dive into an aromatic world with our premium Star Anise Pieces. Often likened to a burst of stars due to their unique shape, these fragments of the ancient spice beckon with an alluring licorice-like aroma and a complex depth of flavor. Originating from the evergreen trees of Southwest China, star anise has transcended its ancient medicinal roots to become a culinary star, gracing kitchens worldwide with its mysterious and enchanting presence.

Cooks from Saigon to Little Saigon infuse pho with this delicate spice. Star Anise Pieces lend Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup a sweet richness reminiscent of licorice. In Europe, it 'stars' in poached pears and tea infusions. 

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Each piece of our Star Anise is a testament to nature's marvels. When added to a dish they release a range of flavors from sweet and spicy to subtle bitter undertones. Renowned for its starring role in Chinese five-spice powder and the Vietnamese pho, star anise also shines bright in desserts, stews, and even beverages. Just a fragment can add a dimension of depth, turning an ordinary dish into an extraordinary culinary masterpiece.

We prioritize quality above all. Our Star Anise Pieces are sourced from their native regions, ensuring authenticity in every bite. Handpicked and carefully processed, they retain their robust flavor and rich aroma, promising an unadulterated experience free from artificial additives or preservatives. Housed in eco-friendly packaging designed to maintain their freshness, these celestial fragments are ready to sprinkle their magic in your culinary journey.

Star Anise Pieces Key Features:

  • Authentic Origin: Sourced from the traditional growing regions to ensure genuine flavor and aroma.

  • Complex Flavor: Offers a multi-layered taste profile, blending sweetness with subtle spicy and bitter undertones.

  • Versatile Culinary Star: Ideal for a plethora of dishes, from savory broths and stews to sweet desserts and pastries.

  • Historical Marvel: Carrying the legacy of ancient medicinal and culinary practices.

Star Anise Pieces invite you to a realm of culinary wonders, enabling you to explore and experiment with a spice that's as ancient as it is contemporary. Unleash your creativity and let this star guide you through an epicurean voyage like no other.

Star anise is common in many Chinese dishes, especially recipes involving pork or chicken. Also known as Chinese anise, it features the same three essential oils as the unrelated anise seed. The flavor of star anise is noticeably stronger than the anise seed. Our Whole Star Anise can be used in pickling and brining, marinades, and tea; you can also steep these pieces in milk when making ice cream or custard to add an extra licorice-like note. Ingredients: Star anise.

Spice Highlights

broken pieces
Taste Notes
sweet, licorice-like, complex
Perfect For
pho, beef noodle soup

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Based on 9 reviews
Pam M.

Star Anise, Broken Pieces

Mark S.
A new addition to the pantry

Vadouvan Curry spice, used in a Pad See Ew variant with shrimp. Fantastic! My first experiment with Vadouvan, now I'm up to 6 curry spices in the cabinet.

Maria C.

These are wonderfully fragrant and flavorful! A fantastic addition to our warm apple cider.

Kathy D.
Smells wonderful

These are terrific, I use them in a simmered pot with cinnamon and orange peel

George B.

One of most economical sources for star anise I’ve found.

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