Definition of star anise in English:

star anise


mass noun
  • 1A small star-shaped fruit with one seed in each arm. It has an aniseed flavour and is used unripe in Asian cooking.

    • ‘Place the lemon zest, fructose, star anise and 150 ml water in a small noncorrosive saucepan.’
    • ‘Once completed, remove the star anise and set aside.’
    • ‘New York does have its own thriving barbecue tradition, but it's more about star anise than smoke.’
    • ‘Instead of passionfruit flavouring, you could infuse the cream with either a fresh vanilla pod or some star anise pods.’
    • ‘You could, however, make yourself a tea with thyme leaves, approximately one half teaspoon per cup, and a piece of star anise.’
    • ‘The star anise peeking out from below the meat explained the licorice flavour and played nicely off the deliciously sweet and sharp abenaki apple compote.’
    • ‘The lamb shanks, two massive things, were tender and flavourful, with the taste of star anise providing a nice accompaniment.’
    • ‘They were slim and crisp, with an unexpected hint of star anise giving them an extra edge.’
    • ‘Place the huckleberries, cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise, and cardamom seeds in a medium bowl.’
    • ‘The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has advised against the use of ‘teas’ brewed from star anise.’
    • ‘Some European countries have reported similar outbreaks of seizures in individuals who have consumed tea brewed from star anise.’
    • ‘The pods come from the star anise fruit and are a key ingredient of both Chinese cuisine and the flu drug Tamiflu.’
    • ‘Add the carrot juice, gingerroot, star anise, lemon and orange zest, and chile powder.’
    • ‘Place the star anise, bay leaf, fennel seeds, cinnamon stick and ginger in a mortar.’
    • ‘Add the star anise, cinnamon and lemon juice and simmer for about two minutes to combine the flavours.’
    • ‘Bring the caster sugar and 500 ml of water to the boil in a medium saucepan, then add the lemon juice, stem ginger, star anise and the vanilla pod.’
    • ‘Vermilion makes another departure from the norm with its desserts, which include strawberry salad flavoured with Grand Marnier, star anise, cinnamon and vanilla, served with vanilla malt ice.’
    • ‘It had a yummy sauce, flavoured with a lot of fresh ginger and star anise.’
    • ‘The gung krabung arrived first, almost like a prawn toast, arranged tastefully on the plate with slices of star anise.’
    • ‘Add the star anise, coriander seeds, peppercorns and white wine.’
  • 2The small Chinese evergreen tree from which star anise is obtained.

    Illicium verum, family Illiciaceae

    • ‘Many herbs can help to deter flies, such as lavender, sweet woodruff, lemon verbena, star anise, tansy, any of the mints, rosemary, bay, chamomile, rue, elder, southernwood and basil.’
    • ‘In the meantime, there is no short-term supply relief in sight, because star anise trees take years to mature.’


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