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star anise

A star-shaped, dark brown pod that contains a pea-size seed in each of its eight segments. Native to China, star anise comes from a small evergreen tree. It's flavor is slightly more bitter than that of regular anise seed. Asian cooks use star anise to give a licorice flavor to savory dishes, particularly those with pork and poultry. It's available whole or ground and is an ingredient in Chinese five-spice powder. Use it sparingly--a little goes a long way.

Ingredient

Season: available year-round

Matches well with: duck, eggs, fish, leeks, pastry, pears, pork, poultry, pumpkin, shrimp

Substitutions: anise seed + pinch of allspice (weaker flavor; 1 crushed star anise = 1/2 teaspoon crushed anise seed) OR Chinese five-spice powder (contains star anise and other spices) OR anise extract (use just a few drops)

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Nutrition Facts

Calculated for 1 tsp, whole
Amount Per Serving %DV
Calories 7
Calories from Fat 3 (42%)
Total Fat 0.3g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Potassium 30mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1.1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%
Sugars 0.3g
Protein 0.4g 0%

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