Futuro Star anise:
- The star-shaped spice with distant flavor and aroma is star anise. This spice has so many uses in savory cooking, especially in traditional ancient dishes. It’s the fruit of a small evergreen tree in the magnolia family (Illicium verum).
- Because of its pungent, licorice-like aroma, it is an important ingredient in Chinese five-spice powder, which consists of fennel, cinnamon, Szechuan peppercorns, and cloves.
- Many use the essential oil of this spice to flavor soft drinks, bakery products, and liquors. Thi spice oil is a highly fragrant oil in cooking, perfumery, soaps, toothpaste, mouthwashes, and skin creams.
- The powder form of this spice begins to lose its flavor shortly after it is ground, hence the best method is to buy the whole anise and grind it as and when in need.
- In addition to its use in traditional Chinese medicine and recipes, it is a key ingredient in Indian biryani, spiced tea, and garam masala. People often use it as a flavoring spice for cookies, jam and, pickles.
- This spice oil helps in treating cough and cold. Above all
- Consuming this spice tea helps in dealing with indigestion and other digestive problems.
- It has anti-bacterial properties like turmeric which helps to treat bacterial and viral infections.
- It is rich in several nutrients like minerals, calcium, etc.,
Star Anise Tea Recipe:
All we need is a couple of star anise pods and a stovetop to heat water on. In addition to that, you can also add other spices like cardamom seeds, cinnamon sticks, ginger root, and cloves (other spices are optional).
- Boil water in a pan. Generally
- Add 2 whole star anise pods per cup of water. In comparison to
- Steep for 15 minutes.
- Strain away any large chunks.
- Finally, add a natural sweetener such as honey or jaggery powder to sweeten up the tea.