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Star Anise




Description

This article is from the Herb Reference series.

Star Anise

Other Names:

Star Anise

Latin Name:

Illicium anisatum
I. verum

History:
I don't have any information on this subject at this time.

Habitat:
Star Anise grows wild in China, Japan, and Korea. It is grown in the Southeastern states of the U.S. as well.

Description:
Stems: Have aromatic white bark.

Flowers: The greenish yellow flowers are solitary, axillary, and have many narrow, spreading petals.

Leaves: The alternate, entire leaves are eliptic, somewhat pointed, and have short petioles.

Fruit: A dry, woody, grey brown cluster of folicles in the shape of a star.

Height: 25 to 35 feet.

Cultivation: I haven't been able to locate anything on growing Star Anise yet.

Properties:
Carminative
Stomachic
Stimulant
Uses:
Star Anise is used in basicly the same way as Anise seed.

To make an infusion: Steep 1 tsp crushed seeds in 1 cup of water. Take up to 2 cups a day.

CAUTION: Some commercial Star Anise seeds are mixed with a poisonous seed that is smaller, darker, and smells sharp and bitter, more like Cardamom than anise. anise

 

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