Most beautiful spice of all, star anise does not go unnoticed wherever you place it. Because it has sweet and spicy notes, it goes well with sweet and savory preparations. It is good for long-term cooking like meats and also for fruits cooked in syrup, like apples, pears and peaches.
Originating in regions such as China, Vietnam, Korea and Japan, star anise has been used for thousands of years for medicinal and culinary purposes. It is a source of minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamin A. Benefits are numerous: it fights the flu virus, so don’t miss out on this time of climate change; it is antioxidant, combats free radicals and premature cell aging; digestive and diuretic, favors weight loss; fights bad breath, helps against coughing, is antiseptic, fights stomach and intestinal gases, etc.
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Anise is one of the ingredients of the compound called: Five Chinese spices. This little star is widely used in the preparation of broths and soups and is also applied to flavor coffee and some alcoholic beverages, as is the example of Ouzo, from Greece, and Raki, from Turkey.
It is always good to vary the use of spices and herbs, in addition to developing your taste and smell, you will be creating a healthy habit by consuming different nutrients instead of accumulating a specific one. To learn more about the general functions of these spices, click here.
An interesting tip: Take advantage of the fact that some spices such as star anise have sweet notes and use them to decrease the volume of sugar in desserts and drinks. I think this spice deserves a star on your menu.
ATTENTION! The use of spices brings benefits, but it does not replace the importance of consultations with professionals, such as doctors and nutritionists.