The star in the kitchen
Also called badiane, this spice owes its name to its regular star shape with 8 branches.
The star anise has a strong taste, close to the green anise, with a hint of hot and round of laurel, clove and cinnamon. It is a spice commonly used in Asia and it is also part of the 5 Chinese spices. It accompanies duck, braised beef, beef soups, Chinese and Vietnamese broths as well as teas.
In France, star anise clears bitterness in certain beers or infusions, and it scents alcoholic beverages such as pastis and anisette. It can also surprise in gingerbreads, biscuits, or with citrus ...
To bring a touch of exoticism, you can introduce a whole star of star anise and an onion inside a duck or a chicken just before roasting or sliding a star in the water of cooking rice or pasta.