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Star Anise: Add This Special Spice to Your Meals

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Star Anise

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  • Star anise is typically used in Asian cuisine. It’s sweet and spicy, and has a licorice taste chefs love to add to their dishes
  • This spice, which shouldn’t be confused with Spanish anise, has antifungal and antibacterial properties that may help address flu, digestive problems and sleep disorders, and may even help decrease cancer risk
  • Star anise essential oil may be useful in alleviating certain conditions, but you must use it under the supervision of a medical professional to avoid side effects

Spices come in all shapes and sizes, and star anise (Illicium verum Hook.f.) is a classic example. Its dark and attractive color and unique star shape makes it stand out from other spices. There's also research highlighting potential health benefits star anise can offer, making it a spice you should consider adding to your cooking arsenal.

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