starring star anise

January 26, 2013

Artwork and Words by katherine sandoz

If herbs and spices had an IMDb, then star anise would be a Robert DeNiro or an Ed Harris.

Birth Name:  illicium verum

Nickname:  Chinese Star Anise, Star Anise

Height: 8″

Native to Vietnam, and produced primarily in four provinces in China, star anise has gained notoriety with lead performances in pho, chai masala, absinthe and pastis not to mention many appearances in meat entrees all over the world.  In 1999, it had a supporting but essential part in the debut of Tamiflu.

Whether acting intensely in features or collaborating in smaller side roles, star anise consistently delights and surprises audiences globally.

Original Salted and Styled artwork available HERE


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