Organic Star Anise

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Description

Organic Star Anise has a similar taste to liquorice.

Organic star anise gets its name from its pretty characteristic star shape.  These hard little stars are actually part of the fruit of the oriental tree which has strong traditions in Chinese cuisine.  Star anise is traditionally used in broth, rice or noodles and the bark is burnt as incense.  It is one of the dominating flavours in Chinese five spice but it also mixes well with fennel, coriander, cinnamon or ginger.

The fruit is picked before it ripens and then dried, this is when it curls and tightens into small brown star shaped pieces.  Star anise contains a surprising array of nutrients and has a distinctive sweet taste so makes a great addition to recipes.

Star anise trees are evergreen and can be found by streams or damp woodland.  They grow up to 45 feet tall, produce fruit for up to 100 years and their flowers are a yellowish green tinged with pink.  These organic star anise are harvested in the warm climate of Vietman and naturally dried.  Asians have been using star anise for centuries and add it to a wide range of dishes and teas.

Origin: Vietnam

Allergen Information: Packed on premises that handle gluten, tree nuts, sesame, soya, peanuts.

Nutritional Information

Organic Star Anise is a source of Iron (per 6g serving)

Typical Nutrient Values: Amount per 100g: % Reference intake (RI) per 100g Amount per serving
(6g)
% Reference intake (RI) per serving
Energy 1411kj/337kcal 16.85% 92kj/20kcal 4.6%
Fat 15.9g 22.7% 1g 1.43%
of which saturates 0.6g 3% 0g 0%
Carbohydrate 50g 19.23% 3.3g 1.27%
of which sugars Trace
Fibre 14.6g 0.9g
Protein 17.6g 35.20% 1.1g 2.20%
Salt 16mg 0.67% 1.0g 0.04%
Typical Vitamin/ Mineral Values: Amount per 100g: % Reference intake (RI) per 100g Amount per serving
(6g)
% Reference intake (RI) per serving
Vitamin C 21mg 26.25% 1.4mg 1.75%
Thiamin (B1) 0.3mg 22.27% 0.018mg 1.64%
Riboflavin (B2) 0.3mg 21.43% 0.018mg 1.29%
Niacin (B3) 3.1mg 19.37% 0.2mg 1.25%
Pyridoxine (B6) 0.7mg 50% 0.04mg 3%
Calcium 646mg 80.75% 42mg 5.25%
Iron 37mg 264.28% 2.4mg 17.14%
Magnesium 170mg 45.33% 11.1mg 2.96%
Phosphorus 440mg 62.85% 28.6mg 4.08%
Potassium 1441mg 72.05% 93.7mg 4.69%
Zinc 5.3mg 53% 0.3mg 3%
Copper 0.9mg 90% 0.1mg 10%
Manganese 2.3mg 115% 0.1mg 5%

Reference Intake (RI)

The Reference Intake (RI) refers to the recommended daily amount of a specific nutrient.

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Storage

For optimum freshness keep in a cool place away from moisture and direct sunlight.  Store in a tightly sealed bag or container.

Family Tips

  1. Star anise is a key ingredient in really good mulled wine.
  2. Steep star anise in boiling water for 5 minutes for a herbal tea.