Star anise is a popular spice all around the world because of its signature odor and beneficial medicinal properties. The spice comes from the tiny pink flowers which are harvested and dried just before ripening and then being made ready for consumption. Star anise has a pleasing and fragrant aroma while comprising of a sweet and licorice-like flavor. It can be used whole or ground depending on its usage. Star anise is used as a key ingredient in Asian and Eastern cuisines. It is also added onto items such as sauces, stews and braised dishes like roasts and steaks. It is also infused into cosmetic goods such as perfumes, soaps, toothpaste and skin creams for its unique fragrance and health benefits. Star anise contains several nutrients such as flavonoids, polyphenolic and other powerful bioactive compounds making it an excellent source in protection against diseases. In fact, it has been used by Chinese and Ayurvedic doctors for centuries. Buy Star Anise from Thottam Farm Fresh today!
The tree from which Star anise is harvested has the scientific classification llicium verum and is indigenous to Southern Eastern China. Star anise requires specific agro-climatic conditions which have limited its production in several regions. Ideally, it is best suitable to well moisturized and shade retentive conditions
It is famously known as “Takkolam” in Malayalam, “Anasphal” in Hindi, “and “Anashuppu” in Tamil.
Star anise contains shikimic acid which is a compound with strong antiviral capabilities and is therefore used as a form of treatment for influenza. It is also filled with antibacterial and antifungal properties which is helpful in treating infections and common illnesses such as the common cold, cough and throat ache. Buy Star Anise online from Thottam Farm Fresh to taste the difference!
Keep in a cool dry place, once opened, store in an airtight container for continuous use. Nutmeg lasts for a maximum of 4 years so use accordingly.
Scientific studies have identified several health benefits of Whole Star anise, they include,
a) Prevents constipation
b) Helps initiate sleep
c) Maintaining bone health
d) Promotes healthy skin
e) Lowers risk of cancer
Names in various languages:
Star Anise is known as Takkolam in Malayalam, Anasphal in Hindi, Sternanis in German, Ba jiao in Mandarin Chinese, Anis etoile in French and Bat giac huong in Vietnamese.