Star Anise - Informative & researched article on Star Anise
 Indianetzone: Largest Free Encyclopedia of India with thousand of articlesIndian Food

 Art & Culture|Entertainment|Health|Reference|Sports|Society|Travel
Forum  | Free E-magazine  | RSS Feeds  
Indian Food|Indian Religion|Indian Personalities|Indian Villages|Kamasutra|Indian Costume|Indian Weddings|Astrology|Indian Jewellery|Indian Women|Indian Tribals
Home > Society > Indian Food > Indian Spices > Types of spices > Fruits Type Spices > Star Anise
Star Anise
It is of Chinese origin and Indians know the use of this spice upto limited extent.
 Star Anise FruitBotanical name:Illicium verum Hook.
Family name:Magnoliaceae.

Indian names are as follows:
Tamil:Anashuppu, Anasipu
This plant does not occur in India. But because of its Asian origin, and traditional interaction with China since ancient period, Indians know the use of this spice up to limited extent.

The plant is an evergreen tree attaining a height of 8 to 15 meter and a diameter of about 25 cm. Leaves entire, 10 to 15 cm long and 2.5 to 5 cm broad, elliptic to oblanceolate; flowers solitary, white or red in color; fruit star shaped, reddish brown, consisting of eight carpels (follicles) arranged in a whorl around a short central column; each follicle 12 to 17 mm long, boat shaped, hard and wrinkled, containing a seed; seeds brown, compressed ovoid, smooth, shiny, brittle. The carpels have a pleasant anise like odor and aromatic, sweet, anise like taste; the seeds have the same to a much lesser extent. It is available whole, and is not usually ground.

Fruit of the plant, particularly the fresh fruit yield a volatile oil, which has considerable commercial value. The yield of oil from fresh fruit is 3 to 3.5%. The oil is colorless or pale yellow with the characteristic odor and aromatic taste of true anise oil. Anethole is the main constituent (85 to 90%) of the oil. Star anise oil is in the pharmacopoeias of many countries.

The fatty oil can be used as a raw material for soap. After refining it can be consumed as edible oil.

Star anise fruit has an agreeable, aromatic, sweet taste and a pleasant odor resembling anise. It is used as a condiment for flavoring curries, confectioneries and spirits, and for pickling. It is also used in perfumery. The fruit is chewed to sweeten the bad breath and help in digestion.

The fruit has a number of medicinal virtues. It is not only applied as part of folk medicinal system but also for manufacture of branded medicines in China. It is also applied externally for skin diseases.

(Last Updated on : 06/01/2009)
More Articles in Fruits Type Spices  (14)
Tamarind  (1)
Vanilla  (1)
Nutmeg  (1)
Recently Updated Articles in Indian Food
A curry in India is a spicy stew-like dish, something that is wholly based on sauce prepared with vegetables and spices.
Chutney is an expression applied to a host of spicy savours and condiments in Indian art of cookery. Chutney is usually a mix of salty, sweet and tangy flavours thus satisfying all the taste buds at once.
Types of Chutneys
Types of chutneys under Indian food makes up a host of interesting and exotic recipes.
Paneer Recipe
Paneer or cottage cheese is an essential part of South Asian cooking and is used for desserts, snacks or for main course
A salad is a dish consisting of small pieces of raw or cooked food mixed with a sauce and almost always served cold. Salads usually consist of cucumbers, radish, carrots, onions and tomatoes sprinkled with salt, pepper and lemon.
E-mail this Article | Post a Comment
Forum on Indian Food
Free E-magazine
Subscribe to Free E-Magazine on Society
Star Anise - Informative & researched article on Star Anise
Contact Us   |   RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2008 Jupiter Infomedia Ltd. All rights reserved including the right to reproduce the contents in whole or in part in any form or medium without the express written permission of
Jupiter Infomedia Ltd.