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Star anise

Update: 10/15/2015

Star anise,  also called aniseed,  comes by its name honestly, with its star shape and a licorice taste similar to regular anise, only stronger.
Originating in China, the Vietnamese use star anise ground or whole in sweet desserts as well as in main dishes and soups.
The taste is sweet and spicy, like licorice and the odour aromatic and agreeable.
It is about one inch high with eight segments and a dark brown rust color. 

Using Star Anise in Cooking
Star anise plays a key role in the slow cooked dishes that characterize Eastern Chinese cuisine. Its licorice flavor enhances red cooked dishes, as well as eggs simmered in black tea. Star anise is one of the spices in five-spice powder.
Outside of China, star anise is featured in several of Vietnam's signature dishes, such as Pho Bo soup. It is also the secret ingredient in many Indian stews and curries. Star anise can replace regular anise in western recipes.
 
Medical Uses of Star Anise
In traditional Chinese medicine, star anise is prescribed as a digestive aid and to help cure colic in babies. More recently, Shikimic Acid, extracted from star anise, is one of the chief ingredients in the antiviral Tamiflu drug used to fight avian influenza.

Type: star anise without stem ( Grade 1)
Specification
Style : dried anise
Appearance : clean, no mould, no fungus
Colour : natural
Flavor : featured aroma
Diameter petal : 2,5cm up: 80%
    2,5cm under: 20%
Moisture : 12% max
Admixture : 1.5 % max
Broken : 3% broken max
Foreign matter : 1% max
Packing : net 10kgs per new carton box
    or buyer's request
    14 MT/ 40 ft container

Type: star anise with stem
Specification

Style : dried anise
Appearance : clean, no mould, no fungus
Colour : natural
Flavor : featured aroma
Diameter petal : 2,5cm up: 80%
    2,5cm under: 20%
Moisture : 13.5% max
Admixture : 1.5 % max
Broken : 10% broken max
Foreign matter : 1% max
Packing : net 10kgs per new carton box
    or buyer's request
    14 MT/ 40 ft container

Type: broken anise 
Specification
Appearance  : well-dried, clean, no mounld and no fungus
Moisture  : 14 % max
Admixture  : 1%
Natural reddish color
Featured aroma
Packing: in bag PP (net weight 20 - 3)

Type: anise powder
Specification
Size  : 100% through mesh 60 holes/cm2
Moisture  : 12 % max
Admixture  : 0.5 % max
Packing : 25Kg,50kg/PP PE bag
      or as buyer's request
    16 MT/ 20 FCL

 

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