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Native to China and Vietnam, star anise has a strong, sweet, licorice flavour. Shaped like an eight-pointed star, it is the fruit of an Asian evergreen tree.
It is a key ingredient in five-spice powder, which is essential to Chinese cuisine, and in Indian garam masala. Star anise is also a key spice in pho, the much-beloved traditional Vietnamese soup.
The whole dried star anise is also used to flavour tea and soups. Ground star anise is increasingly being used in baked goods and meat rubs.
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