Star Anise - Badian
Very present in gastronomy, star anise or star anise brings warm, liquorice, aniseed and very slightly peppery flavors. It is a spice reminiscent of anise or fennel. It is very aesthetic with its 8-pointed star which is the dried fruit of the star anise.
Our star anise comes from India, cultivated and harvested by Gheevarghese our producer.
Net weight : 40g
Conditionnement : Resealable kraft bag
Plant & perfume
Anise (Illicium verum) is a tree that can grow up to fifteen meters in height. It has oblong evergreen leaves of a pretty shiny green, reminiscent of those of the laurel tree. It takes about 5 to 7 years before the tree bears its first fruits, but then it can live for more than a hundred years! After flowering, fruits will be formed and are composed of eight star-shaped follicles (or shells). Each follicle contains a seed. The fruits are picked green by hand, before being dried in the sun, where they take on a bronze color.
The birthplace of Star Anise stretches from southern China to northern Vietnam. In Chinese it is literally called "eight horns" (八角) reminiscent of the eight points of its star. It is called "Badjiao" hence the origin of the word Badiane.
Cooking and Virtue
Star anise or star anise is one of the five components of the famous five spices. Of Chinese origin, this mixture is composed of Sichuan Pepper, Star Anise, Fennel Clove, Cinnamon. For more information: https://maxdaumin .com/le-grimoire/121-four-spices-five-spices-what-difference-
It goes very well with desserts, compotes, jams, infusions, syrups, liqueurs, meats and fish.
A long journey
Marco Polo was the first to bring back star anise on his trip to China. However the sources are rather controversial and there is no trace in his book "Le Devisement du Monde". However, we are certain that it was the English who favored the emergence of this spice in Europe. Thomas Cavendish, an English navigator, brought it back to England in 1578. Its scents and its strange shape meant that star anise was quickly distributed in Europe and used for making liqueurs in particular. In 1763 Marie Brizard, the famous liqueur company made an anisette with star anise.
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