Star anise is a special spice used in various types of cuisines. Traditional Chinese medicine uses it to get rid of the stomach cold and other coldness such as knee. It is grown on an evergreen tree in the southwest area of China with a slightly sweet flavor and strong aroma. Star anise is commonly used in stewed and simmered dishes. And also it is an essential member of famous Chinese five-spice powder.
Generally, there are eight stars shapes on star anise. According to different harvesting seasons, there are two types of star anise: spring star anise and autumn star anise. The former one is in light cyan and sharper. And the later one is in light red and carrying stronger aroma. In general, autumn star anis e is better than spring star anise.
1. With vegetables soups: for example cabbage soup.
2. With stewed meat dishes: add star anise together with the meat since it can help to improve the flavor.
3. With pickled dishes: for example pickled eggs.
Note: please spare your star anise and control to 3 and pay attention of time of adding it. For meat dishes, add it along with the dishes. For pickled dishes, add star anise firstly before adding main ingredients.