Star anise is the seed pod from the fruit of the Illicium verum plant, an evergreen shrub native to Southwest China. The star anise pod, which is shaped like a star (hence its name), has an average of eight points, each containing a single pea-sized seed.
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- Promotes Bone Health.
- Fights Viruses and Flu.
- Stops Growth of Bacteria and Fungi.
- Anti-Cancer Agent.
Despite its sweetness, star anise traditionally is used in savory recipes, particularly with meats. It often is added whole to soups, stews, and braising broths, to which it adds a sweet-licorice-peppery flavor.
- Promotes healthy skin (good anti-microbial agent)
- Enhances digestion.
- Decreases body stress.
- Regulates blood pressure and improves circulation.