Star Ansi (chakr phool) powder
Dried Star anise is shaped like an eight-pointed star and contains seeds with an aniseed flavour, which comes from the spice’s essential oil, anethole. It is one of the five spices in Chinese five-spice powder. Like anise, it has carminative, stomachic, stimulant and diuretic properties. It is in grounded form.
Scientific Name(s): Illicium verum Family : Illiciaceae
Common Name(s): Star anise, Chakra Phool(India)
Star anise is the dried, star shaped fruit of Illicium verum. It is an evergreen tree attaining a height of 8-15 meters and a diameter of 25 cm. The leaves are entire, 10-15 cm long, 2.5 – 5 cm broad, elliptic, flowers are solitary, white to red in colour. Fruits are star shaped, reddish brown consisting of 6-8 carpels arranged in a whorl. Each carpel is 10 mm long, boat shaped, hard and wrinkled containing a seed. Seeds are brown, compressed, ovoid, smooth, shiny and brittle.
It contains the essential oil, anethole, which gives both anise and star anise their licorice flavor (the two, however, are not related in any way). The flavor is fresh, muscular, floral, and penetrating. China and India both use the spice for medicinal purposes – mainly to treat indigestion. Often the tiny seeds are chewed or brewed into a tisane. The anethole actually does have the benefit of being able to calm down gastric activity while simultaneously freshening breath. The spice has been used in Asia for years as an ingredient for braises and stews, particularly those focusing on beef, pork, seafood, winter squash, and beans.
However, Western cultures have adopted the spice more for confectionery cooking and baking, as well as for flavoring spirits. Add a few star anise to the poaching liquid for apples or figs. If you plan to candy citrus peel, toss a star anise into the blanching liquid to imbue a licorice fragrance.
|Dimensions||12 × 12 × 13 cm|
1 kg., 100 gm, 25 gm., 50 gm., 500 gm.
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