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Star Anise

Lang Son star anise is a potent, warm, sweet, licorice-like spice sourced from the beautiful, fertile mountain ridges of Northern Vietnam, just on the border with China.

The small evergreen tree is native to the area and has been harvested here for centuries. It is used in many traditional dishes and is a major component in making pho, the famous Vietnamese noodle soup.

Star Anise is a major ingredient in many Asian cuisines from five spice powders, to biriyanis and masala chais. It has also found its way into liquors and mulled wines such as Glögg.

This is the winter harvest where smaller, but highly potent, star-shaped fruits are first dried a couple of hours over a wood fire before being sun-dried, adding a smokier and more intense flavor. We absolutely love them in dishes with meat such as beef stews and duck. It really enhances the flavors. 

This star anise is very potent so use less than you think. Starting with one pod or a couple of pedals from the pod.  

Pair with: Beef, duck, orange, blackberry, fennel, chili, black cardamom, stews, pork, glögg, chai, biriyani, ginger, galangal, black pepper, chili oil, and broths.

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