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  • Writer's pictureElaine

Star Anise

Any fan of licorice or anise flavor, so prevalent in Asian cooking, is familiar with this lovely spice.

I use it in pickles, primarily, like these wonderful Pickled Daikon Radish and Carrots.

Wait, what?

In recent years, as much as 90% of the world’s harvest of star anise has been purchased by the pharmaceutical industry to make Tamiflu, a drug used to combat flu pandemics.

Star anise is the fruit of a small Chinese evergreen tree. The Star-shaped fruits are harvested unripe and dry in the sun. The oils are concentrated in the star shaped shell.

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