Star Anise, Organic, Loose (ACO) 100g

0.1 kg
$7.20

Star Anise, Organic, Loose (ACO) 100g 

Star anise is a spice made from the fruit of the Chinese evergreen tree Illicium verum.

It’s aptly named for the star-shaped pods from which the spice seeds are harvested and has a flavour that is reminiscent of liquorice.

Because of similarities in their flavour and names, star anise is often confused with anise, though the two spices are unrelated.

Star anise is famed not only for its distinct flavour and culinary applications but also for its medicinal benefits.

How to Use 

Star anise is used in many Asian dishes. It is an essential ingredient in Vietnamese pho noodle soup and Chinese 5 spice mix. Add stars to marinades and dressings, curries, hot pots, rice dishes. Use star anise to infuse delicious, warm notes in dessert recipes, sweet sauces or custards. These star shaped fruits are best to be removed from the pot before serving, as they have an intense, bitter flavour if you bite into them. You can also add one star per cup into freshly brewed coffee, herbal teas or chai.

In traditional Chinese and folk medicine practices, star anise is steeped in water to make a tea used to treat respiratory infections, nausea, constipation and other digestive issues.

Star anise also makes a great addition to sweet dishes and desserts, such as baked fruit, pies, quick bread and muffins.

If you’ve never used this spice in your culinary pursuits before, keep in mind that a little goes a long way. Start with a small amount and add more to taste in order to avoid using too much.


Try sprinkling powdered star anise into your next batch of muffins or throw a couple of whole pods into your next pot of soup for a warming boost of flavour.

Growing & Processing

These mustard seeds come from the rich fertile mountain regions of Northern India and is sourced from the traditional tribe farmers.

Ingredients 

Star Anise Whole Organic. Preservative Free, Non-GMO. Paleo.

Antiviral Capabilities

One of the most popular pharmacologically relevant attributes of star anise is its shikimic acid content.

Shikimic acid is a compound with strong antiviral capabilities. In fact, it’s one of the main active ingredients in Tamiflu, a popular medication for the treatment of influenza (7).

Currently, star anise is the primary source of shikimic acid used for pharmaceutical product development. As the influenza pandemic continues to mount as a threat to global health, the demand for star anise is on the rise (7).

Some test-tube research has also shown that the essential oil of star anise may treat other types of viral infections, including herpes simplex type 1 (8Trusted Source).

Though star anise is frequently used for treating influenza, more research is needed to further understand its potential to treat other viral infections in humans.

Antifungal Properties

Star anise is a rich source of the flavonoid anethole. This compound is responsible for the spice’s distinct flavor and offers potent antifungal benefits.

Some agricultural research has found that trans-anethole derived from star anise may inhibit the growth of pathogenic fungi in certain edible crops (9Trusted Source).

Test-tube research indicates that other bioactive compounds found in star anise essential oil, like terpene linalool, may suppress biofilm and cell wall formation of infectious fungi in humans (10Trusted Source).


More research is needed to better understand the applications for star anise to treat fungal infections in humans.

Antibacterial Benefits

Another important medicinal benefit of star anise is its ability to inhibit bacterial growth implicated in a variety of common illnesses.

Some research has revealed that star anise extract is as effective as antibiotics against multiple drug-resistant pathogenic bacteria. This may be particularly useful for future development of new antibiotic medications (11Trusted Source).

Test-tube studies have also shown that bioactive compounds in star anise may be effective in treating urinary tract infections caused by different bacteria (12Trusted Source).

A separate study revealed star anise extract to be somewhat effective in reducing the growth of E. coli on a petri dish, though it wasn’t as effective as current, more common antibiotic treatments (13Trusted Source).

At this time, most research on the antibacterial properties of star anise is limited to animal and test-tube studies. More studies are needed to better understand how this spice may be used to support human health.

Herbs and spices are often unsung heroes of the health and nutrition world and star anise may be no exception.

Information on its vitamin and mineral content is lacking, but considering the small amount of spice you may use at any one time, its nutritional value may be less significant (1Trusted Source).

Nonetheless, it’s an impressive source of several powerful bioactive compounds — all of which are vital contributors to good health.

The most valuable component of star anise may lie within its dense supply of flavonoids and polyphenols. These may primarily be responsible for the spice’s broad applications and medicinal benefits (2).

Some of the major health-promoting compounds found in star anise include (2, 3Trusted Source, 4):

  • Linalool
  • Quercetin
  • Anethole
  • Shikimic acid
  • Gallic acid
  • Limonene

Together, these compounds may contribute to the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of star anise.

Some animal and test-tube research indicates that the antioxidant capacity of this spice may even possess anti-cancer properties, such as reducing tumor size (5Trusted Source, 6).

Ultimately, more research is needed to better understand how the bioactive compounds in star anise may support human health.

No allergen advice is available for this product online. Please contact us if you have any allergen concerns.

Produced in China. 

What is the shelf life of star anise whole?

Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. Will have a shelf life of up to 18 months when stored as above. See Best Before date.

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