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Star Anise


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Description

Star Anise is a star shaped fruit, cultivated from a medium sized evergreen tree known as Illicium Verum. The Star Anise has closely resembled anise in flavor is obtained from the fruit of this plant and harvested just before ripening. The Major producers of Turmeric are India, China, and Vietnam.

Description:

 Star Anise is the star shaped seedpod has a similar flavor to anise. A compound named anethole is responsible for the licorice like flavor in both. The star anise pod is dried before use as a spice, which turns it a deep brown color. The pods have six to eight prongs, each containing a single seed. It has a sweet, and spicy flavor.  Star Anise is used mainly as spice Star Anise oil is a highly fragrant oil used in cooking, perfumery, soaps, toothpaste, mouthwashes, and skin cream.

Storage:

Whole Star Anise can be stored in an air tight container away from moisture, heat, and sunlight. They will remain fresh and vibrantly flavored for about one year. Whereas the ground spice will begin to lose after about six months.

Uses:

Star Anise is one of the most important spices in Chinese, Indian and Vietnamese cooking. It is used to flavor vegetables, meat and to marinate meat. It is also used as a condiment for flavoring curries, confectionaries, and spirits and for pickling. The essential oil of star anise is used to flavor soft drinks, bakery products, and liquors.

Health Benefits:

There are many Health’s Benefits mentioned below,

  • Anti Oxidant properties
  • Anti Fungal
  • Antibacterial
  • Improved Digestion
  • Cure Join Pain
  • Cure Influenza
  • Cure Sleep Disorder
  • Cure Cough
  • Cure Skin Disease
  • Improve Heart Health
  • Cure Rheumatism

Nutritional Value of  Star Anise :

Nutritional Value of  Star Anise contains per 100gms is mentioned below:

Energy                             337 kcal

Carbohydrates               50 g

Fiber         14.6 g

Fat                                     15.9 g

Protein                              17.6 g

Vitamins

Vitamins A                        311 IU

Thiamine (B1)                    0.3 mg

Riboflavin (B2)                   0.3 mg

Niacin (B3)                         3.1 mg

Vitamin B6                         0.7 mg

Folate (B9)                         10 mcg

Vitamin C                            21 mg

Pantothenic Acid             0.8 mg

Minerals

Calcium                              646 mg

Iron                                      37 mg

Magnesium                         170 mg

Manganese                         2.3 mg

Copper                                0.9 mg

Phosphorus                         440 mg

Potassium                           1441 mg

Sodium                                 16 mg

Selenium                             5 mcg

Zinc                                      5.3 mg

Properties:

Shape:  Star Shaped

Size:  3 cm

Color:  Deep Brown

Taste:  Sweet and Savory

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