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    Kitchen Dictionary: star anise

    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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