Star Anise is an essential flavor in pho broth
. Try it in your soups, but remember that the flavor will grow the longer you let it sit in your broth. We suggest pulling it out after about 15 minutes to avoid overly spiced broth.
Broken Star Anise FAQ
What is star anise?
Star anise is a whole spice that comes from the fruit pod of a tree in the Magnolia family, native to southern China and Vietnam.
What does star anise taste like?
The flavor and aroma of star anise is similar to that of fennel and anise seed, with almost a licorice-like taste.
What is the difference between star anise and anise seed?
Star anise and anise seed are completely different plants, despite being similarly named and having a similar flavor profile. Star anise is a seed pod with a star shape, and has a much stronger, warmer, spicier flavor than anise seed. Anise seed comes in small seed form, is more related to fennel than star anise, and is lighter in flavor.
What is star anise used for?
Broken, or whole star anise is commonly used for pho broths, adding layers of unmistakable, classic pho flavor. Star anise can also be used to flavor other broths or soups, as well as in baked goods or with fruits.