China / Illicium verum
This pretty, star-shaped spice has an intensely sweet licorice taste and smell, offering a notable counter-point of flavor. It has many uses both alone and in combination. Star anise pairs beautifully with sweet potatoes and pumpkin, and offers a unique addition to caramelized onions. Just toss a small piece in the pan and it really brings out the 'beefiness' of the onions. Star anise is a key ingredient in Chinese Five Spice, and flavors the beef stock for the Vietnamese soup, pho.
Try with Hibiscus Margarita, Massaman Curry, Sultry Spiced Short Ribs, Baked Quince, Marble Tea Egg, Curried Beef and Tendon with Turnip, Bebinca de Rabano (XO Daikon Cake), Down South Goat Biryani, Turmeric & Star Anise Pickles, Golden Turmeric Granola with Dried Berries, Clarified Milk Punch, World Spice Chili Crunch, Noon Chai, Mulled Honey Glögg, Mulled Whiskey Sour, and Café De Olla
1/2 cup is about 0.8 oz