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star anise gets its name from its star shape. This fruit has a licoricelike flavor and is used as a spice in many cooked dishes, where it lends a soft, exotic scent and taste to a meal. Star anise als...
star anise gets its name from its star shape. This fruit has a licoricelike flavor and is used as a spice in many cooked dishes, where it lends a soft, exotic scent and taste to a meal. Star anise also has a history as a healing herb.
Flavor of Star Anise
Star anise has a sweet, spicy flavor, similar to licorice. Star anise can be slightly more bitter than Spanish anise, but is a much less expensive and comparable substitute. Star anise has a very strong, distinct flavor and should be used in small quantities. Although the flavor of star anise is generally thought of as sweet, it is commonly used in savory dishes. Star anise pairs well with citrus, onions, poultry, beef, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
As an Antioxidant
Antioxidants are naturally existing compounds that protect your body’s cells from damage as a result of environmental toxins -- such as tobaccos fumes -- and free radicals, which are produced when your body breaks down food. Toxins and free radicals contribute to the aging process, as well as potentially placing you at greater risk for heart disease and cancer. In an animal study published in “Chemico-Biological Interactions” in 2007, scientists found that star anise reduced the amount of cancer development after exposure to carcinogens. The scientists concluded that the benefits of star anise for treating cancer was promising, but further study in humans is required.