Did you know the fruit of the Chinese evergreen tree Illicium verum is used to make star anise? It gets its name from the star-shaped pods from which the spice seeds are gathered, and it has a licorice-like flavour. Star anise is well-known for its therapeutic properties, distinct flavours, and culinary applications. It has benefits like:
- It has antifungal properties.
- It has antibacterial properties.
- It is easy to cook.
Star anise is frequently confused with anise because of their similar flavours and names, even though the two spices are unrelated.