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Williams-Sonoma Star Anise

Native to southern China and Vietnam, star anise is a seed-bearing pod from an evergreen tree related to the magnolia. Its aromatic essential oils reside in shiny black seeds inside the star-shaped pod, offering a pungent licorice flavor with sweet hints of cinnamon and clove. Prized for its spicy licorice flavor and aroma, star anise is used to flavor both sweet and savory dishes. Chinese cooks often add star anise to poultry and pork dishes, while the Vietnamese use the spice in their celebrated beef soup, pho. This fragrant spice is a delicious seasoning for chicken, duck, fish and scallops. It also adds warm, spicy flavor to baked goods. Star anise can be used whole, broken into individual points or crushed in a spice grinder. Hand-selected for its pleasing shape and aroma, our premium, all-natural star anise is sourced from China by a family-owned artisanal spice company in Northern California's Napa Valley. 0.8 oz.Product of China.
Average Customer Rating:
5 out of 5
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(1 Review) 1
1 of 1(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Williams-Sonoma Star Anise
Review 1 for Williams-Sonoma Star Anise
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
,Green Forest
February 1, 2012
Ability level:Intermediate
Purchased:More than once
Would You Recommend? Yes
1of 2found this review helpful.
Chicken With a Twist
February 1, 2012
Although an unconventional flavor, this item is a 'must" for anyone who is serious about expanding the horizons of their own culinary creations.
Pros: Amount, Authentic, Quality, Flavor
Cons: Time to Prepare, Difficult to Prepare