February's Spice of the Month: Star Anise

February 01, 2018 1 Comment

February's Spice of the Month: Star Anise


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Star Anise is February's SPICE OF THE MONTH! This star-shaped spice is the dried fruit of a small Asian evergreen tree (a member of the magnolia family). Harvested when it’s still green and unripe, it’s dried in the sun, where it develops its red-brown color and a sweet warm flavor that’s reminiscent of licorice, clove, fennel seed, and aniseed.

Star Anise is used primarily in Vietnamese and Chinese cooking. Much like bay leaves are used in Western cuisines, whole stars are used to infuse soups, stews, and braised dishes. Ground star anise is a dominant ingredient in Chinese five-spice powder.

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Darlene Hanna
Darlene Hanna

February 26, 2018

Hi. Read the fermentation article in the Sunday Province and they mentioned you offered classes about fermenting food. Are there any classes starting soon? Thanks

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