What is the Star Anise (star anise flowers)?

Autumn Star Aniseed 3

Star anise Vietnam (science name: Illicium verum) which is called star aniseed is the fruit of Illicium verum. Vietnam Star aniseed is grown almost exclusively in Lang Son province by farmers from ethnic minority communities in northern highland areas, and is traded and consumed globally. Anise flower is fruit as the name suggests, star shaped, radiating eight-pointed boat-shaped sections and the anise essential oil resides in the pericarp.  The fruits are harvested before they ripen, then sun dried. There are 2 crops of star anise (spring and autumn).

Anise plant and anise flowers harvest time/crop (autumn & spring crop)

Autumn harvest starts in September and lasts until the end of October each year. This crop gives more flowers. Picking the fruit and then dry under a temperature from 30 to 40 Celsius degree. Its color changes from red brown to dark brown, forming star-shapes and exposing shiny yellow brown seeds.

Spring harvest starts in March till the end of April. Star anise flowers of this season is not better than autumn crop. Star- shaped anises has smaller size than autumn crop, even some flowers does not open the seed inside each point.

Star anise benefits

Star Anise
Autumn Star Anise

1. Different advantages of anise: spices, tea.

Used for cooking and medicine, food, Confectionery.

Star aniseed is a pretty star shaped spice which is used predominantly Asian cooking. The spice can be used as either whole pods or the pods can be broken into pieces or ground.

Star aniseed is an essential ingredient in many Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Indian dishes. It is one of the spices that combine to make Chinese five spice powder and whole pods are used in PHO – a Vietnamese noodle soup.  Star anise pairs with chicken, eggs, fish, figs, tropical fruit, soy sauce, leek, pork, pumpkin and root vegetables. It also combines well with chili, cinnamon, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, garlic, ginger and lemongrass.

2. Star anise tea flavor and smell

Star anise’s flavor is distinct, sweet and aniseed like with a fresh, pleasing after taste. True to its name, star anise has a fennel and liquor ice-like aroma.

Agrikim Vietnam is glad to supply many kinds of star aniseed as superior grade, standard grade, whole star aniseed, broken star aniseed with stem and without stem. Dried star aniseed with appearance clean, no mound, no fungus, featured aroma, natural color.

Our products have been exported to many countries in the world, mainly to India, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, USA, EU, Middle East etc…

Oil content 5% – 8% essential oil
Seed brown, compressed, ovoid, smooth, shiny and brittle
Size big size, eight points, a seed in each point
Color red brown to dark brown and shiny yellow brown seeds.
Diameter size 2,5 cm up: 85%

2,5 cm under: 15%

Packing cartons box (Net: 5kgs or 10kgs net)

or depending on customer’s requirement.

Container capacity 6 MT/20FT or

15 MT/40HQ

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