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

The Nutritional Benefits of Organic Star Anise

Organic Star Anise is high in vitamin C, B6, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. It is a source of the B vitamins niacin (B3, riboflavin (B2) and thiamine (B1).

Manganese: This vital nutrient contributes to the maintenance of normal bones and the formation of connective tissue.  It is also needed for the protection of cells from oxidative stress.

Calcium: It is a common myth that we need to eat dairy to get an adequate calcium intake and many plant based foods boast high levels of it. Calcium is needed for the normal maintenance of bones and teeth, digestive enzyme function, energy-yielding metabolism, blood clotting, muscle function and neurotransmission in the body.

Phosphorus: This abundant mineral contributes to energy-yielding metabolism, function of cell membranes and the maintenance of bones and teeth.

Magnesium: This wonderful nutrient is often referred to as natures tranquilliser.  It is necessary for the reduction of tiredness and fatigue and electrolyte balance.  It is also needed for normal nervous system and muscle function.

B-Vitamins: This group of vitamins contribute to normal psychological function and normal function of the immune system.  They also  contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.

Vitamin C: This well known nutrient contributes to normal function of the immune system during and after intense physical exercise and is necessary for normal collagen formation.  It is also essential to normal functioning of the immune system and the protection of cells from oxidative stress.

Potassium: This essential nutrient contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system, muscle function and the normal maintenance of blood pressure.

Iron: It is vital to get enough iron and many whole foods contain high levels of it. Iron contributes to normal cognitive function, immune system function, reduction of tiredness, energy-yielding metabolism, formation of red blood cells, transportation of oxygen and cell division.

Copper: This trace mineral is needed to protect cells from oxidative stress and for normal function of the immune system. It also contributes to normal connective tissue and functioning of the nervous system.

Zinc:  This nutrient contributes to normal function of the immune system, DNA synthesis, carbohydrate metabolism, cognitive function, fertility and reproduction, metabolism of fatty acids, protein synthesis as well as the maintenance of bone, hair, skin and nails. It also protects cells from oxidative stress which is so important in a world where our bodies are exposed to so many toxins daily.

Typical Nutrient Values Per 100g:
Energy 1410kj/337kcal
Fat 16g
of which saturates 0.6
Carbohydrate 50g
of which sugars trace
Fibre 15g
Protein 18g
Salt 16mg
Typical Vitamin/Mineral Values Per 100g:
Vitamin C 21mg 35% RI
Iron 36.9mg 205% RI
Calcium 646mg 65% RI
Niacin 3mg 15% RI
Riboflavin 0.29mg 17% RI
Thiamine 0.3mg 23% RI
Vitamin B6 0.65mg 32% RI
Copper 0.9mg 46% RI
Magnesium 170mg 42% RI
Manganese 2.3mg 115% RI
Phosphorus 440mg 44% RI
Potassium 1441mg 31% RI
Zinc 5.3mg 35% RI

*High in = 30% or more of RI (reference intake) per 100g

*Source of = 15% or more of RI (reference intake) per 100g

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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.