Star anise and anise have a similar flavor, but they are two very different and unrelated crops. Fruits of the star anise have of course a star shape.
Chinese star anise
Badianier de Chine
Basic information and facts
Originates from northeast Vietnam and southwest China.
China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Japan and Philippines.
Evergreen or deciduous:
Star anise is an evergreen tree.
The star shaped fruits are used as a spice.
Climate and weather:
Fruits are harvested just before they are ripe.
Star anise is used as a spice in Chinese, Indian, Malay and Indonesian cuisine. Also used (sometimes to replace anise) in baking or liquor production.
Also known for its medicinal use, for example in a tea to treat rheumatism. Star anise seeds can be chewed after meals to aid digestion.
Did you know that?
A similar tree, the Japanese star anise (Illicium anisatum), is not edible because it is very toxic.