Broken Star Anise
Star anise is actually the fruit of a tree in the Magnolia family which is native to southern China and Vietnam. Its aroma is much like fennel and anise and its taste is pungent and sweet with hints of licorice. Star anise has assertive warmth that creates a mild numbing effect in the mouth. The aftertaste is fresh and agreeable.
Broken star anise is just as flavorful as the whole star anise and is used mostly when presentation is not a factor. Star anise is often used in Chinese stocks and soups and is the underlying flavor of the famous marbled egg. The broken pieces are not of a standard size and can range from nearly a whole star down to one of the eight points. We offer star anise whole or broken pods.
Flavor of Broken Star Anise
This dried fruit is pungent and sweet with licoricey notes and pairs well with cinnamon, coriander, fennel seeds, and ginger.
Uses of Broken Star Anise
Add to baked goods, Asian stocks for chicken and fish, soups, and fruit dishes. Broken star anise can be used in place of whole when presentation is not a factor.
Broken Star Anise Recipe
For 5-6 T of mix: Crack 2 star anise & bay leaves & a 4" cinnamon stick into 1/4 inch pieces & mix with 1 T dill seeds & peppercorns, 1 1/2 t mustard seeds, coriander, & juniper, 1 t ginger, allspice berries, & pepper flakes, & 6 cloves