Organic star anise

Attractive aroma and sweet taste

POWDER Nothing But Plants®

9,00 €

Made in France | Ref. GB01
1 unit
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Description: Organic star anise

Health claims

According to the Commission E, star anise recipes are used in the treatment of coughs and colds and dyspeptic disorders.


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All the way from Vietnam, we bring you an incredible spice that has been used for centuries: star anise. Also known as badiam or Illicium verum (Hook. f.), star anise is a classic ingredient in fine confectionery and the best teterías (Moorish tea rooms). Its attractive aroma and sweet taste will enhance your recipes and infusions.

The flavoursome spice is also a natural remedy. Its numerous medicinal properties include digestive and expectorant qualities.

Enhance the taste of your recipes with the sweet and heady aroma of our organic star anise!


Star anise or badiam (Illicium verum Hook. f., Schisandraceae family) is native to southwest China and northwest Vietnam (1), where it has been grown since 2000 BC. (2). It is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 4 metres tall. Its flowers are yellowish or pinkish green and its fragrant fruit is star-shaped (3).

Although it has a similar smell, due to its anethole content (2), it should not be confused with aniseed (Pimpinella anisum L.), a spice belonging to a different botanical family (Apiaceae).



For centuries, star anise has been used in traditional medicine (1) for numerous inflammatory illnesses (skin inflammation and rheumatism), stomach pain, vomiting and insomnia (4). Traditional Chinese medicine also prescribes it as a powerful stimulant, expectorant and aphrodisiac, and in infusions in case of rheumatism (2).

Star anise continues to be a widely used natural remedy. Rich in shikimic acid, it is a primary precursor in the production of anti-influenza drugs (2). It is also a popular flavouring agent for drinks and pastries.


Star anise is recommended in case of dyspeptic disorders (mild gastrointestinal spasms, slow digestion etc.) and coughs and colds (5). It has digestive, carminative (helps expel gas) and spasmolytic properties (6).

Its anti-inflammatory compounds include linoleic acid, palmitic acid and components of its essential oil, such as trans-anethole and anisaldehyde (4).


We recommend using star anise in infusions, at a dose of 0.5-1g per cup (3).

It is an essential ingredient in cooking, and will give a spicy touch to mains and desserts, whether alone or combined with other spices. For example, star anise goes very well with cinnamon. An indispensable ingredient in Chinese and Indian cuisine, it is one of the famous Chinese five spices (the others are cloves, Chinese cinnamon, Sichuan pepper and fennel seeds) (2). Below, Anastore suggests two of the many available recipes that use this aromatic spice.

Roasted pears with spices (7):

Ingredients (4 people):

  • 4 pears
  • 200 g sugar
  • 50 cl sweet wine
  • 2 pieces of star anise
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 10 g butter


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Cut the pears in half and place on a buttered dish.
  • Sprinkle the sugar, cinnamon and star anise onto the pears.
  • Pour the sweet wine and 50 cl of water over the pears.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, then sprinkle the pears with the juice they have released and return to the oven for 10 minutes. Repeat and bake for a further 10 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

Apple juice with spices (8):

Ingredients (4 people):

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 pieces of star anise
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 litre of homemade apple juice


  • Put the orange and lemon peel in a pot.
  • Cut the peeled orange and lemon into pieces and add the cinnamon, star anise and honey to the pan.
  • Finally, add the apple juice to the pot and cook for 30 minutes over a low heat before serving.


  1. Peng et al. (2016) Molecular characteristics of Illicium verum extractives to activate acquired immune response. Saudi J Biol Sci 23(3): 348-52.
  3. Berdonces i Serra JL. Gran Enciclopedia de las plantas medicinales. Madrid: Tikal Ediciones, 2002.
  4. Park et al. (2015) Protective activity ethanol extract of the fruits of Illicium verum against atherogenesis in apolipoprotein E knockout mice. BMC Complement Altern Med 15: 232.
  6. Castillo-García E, Martínez-Solís I. Manual de Fitoterapia. 1ª Edición revisada. España: Elsevier Masson, 2011.
Updated on 2019/06/03

Whole fruits of organic star anise (Illicium verum Hook. f.).


This product does not contain allergens (in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011) nor genetically modified organisms.


We recommend using star anise in infusions, at a dose of 0.5 to 1 g per cup.


Store in a cool dry place away from sunlight.


This food is manufactured under a GMP-compliant. GMPs are the good manufacturing practice guidelines for the European food industry.

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