Star Anise (Badian e Khatai) – 30gm Star Anise is a star-shaped spice (dried fruit). Spices.pk Star Anise has a strong licorice flavor and aroma that can be infused in a variety of dishes, desserts, and marinades. A particularly delightful, yet simple use is in the alluringly aromatic star anise tea.
Star anise comes by its name honestly, with its star shape and licorice taste similar to regular anise, only stronger. It is about one inch high with eight segments and a dark brown rust color. Like regular anise, star anise gets its distinctive licorice taste from a chemical compound called anethol. Star anise is the unusual fruit of a small oriental tree. It is, as the name suggests, star-shaped, radiating between five and ten pointed boat-shaped sections, about eight on average. Tough-skinned and rust-coloured, they measure up to 3cm (1-1/4″) long. The fruit is picked before it can ripen, and dry.