Star anise is a plant of the Magnoliaceae, anise genus. Trees, crown tower-shaped, oval or conical; bark dark gray; branches dense. The leaves are irregular and alternate, obovate-elliptic, oblanceolate or elliptic; the rhizoma fruit blooms from March to May, the fruit ripens from September to October, the spring brown fruit blooms from August to October, and the fruit from March to April of the following year Ripe; flowers pink to dark red, solitary leaf axils or nearly terminal; fruit pedicel 20 to 56 mm long, aggregated fruit plump and straight, mostly 8 follicles, octagonal. Star anise is a famous spice and is also used for medicinal purposes. Peel, seeds and leaves contain aromatic oils, which are important raw materials for the manufacture of cosmetics, sweet wine, beer and food industries.
Ⅰ. How to store star anise so that it does not get moldy
All the star anise we bought are sun-dried, so it is much more convenient to store. You can directly seal the plastic bag and put it in a dry, cool and ventilated place. If there is an unused glass bottle, you can also put it in, cover it with the lid and seal it directly, which can be well preserved. Plastic bottles are also acceptable, as long as they are sealed. If you want better preservation, you can put it in the sun for a period of time, and then save it, then it can be preserved for a long time, and the preservation method is very simple.
Ⅱ. How to correctly choose aniseed star anise?
There is no difference between aniseed and star anise. Because aniseed is star anise, star anise is also aniseed, but southerners are accustomed to calling it star anise and northerners are accustomed to calling it anise. Fennel, crude fennel and other names. When picking star anise, you can't miss it. A good star anise will have a licorice fragrance. Both star anise and star anise will know that there are eight corners. If one corner is missing, it will not be star anise. Glossy is appropriate.
Ⅲ. What kind of dishes can star anise be used for?
1. Star anise is widely used in cooking. It is mainly used in cooking and processing such as frying, stewing sauce and roasting. It is often added to dishes such as beef and rabbit meat. , increase appetite.
2. When the meat is stewed, put the star anise in the pot, and its fragrance can be fully hydrolyzed and dissolved into the meat, making the meat more mellow.
3. When making soup cabbage, you can add salt and star anise to the cabbage and cook together, and put some sesame oil at the end, so that the dish has a strong meat and vegetable flavor.
4. When marinating eggs, duck eggs, toon, and coriander, adding star anise will have a unique flavor.
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