Star Anise: The Superfood You’ve Never Heard Of, photo by Jay Manrique

Star Anise: The Superfood You’ve Never Heard Of

Easy to recognize due to its distinctive star shape, star Anise benefits your health in more ways than you can imagine!

Star anise comes from a tree native to China, where it’s a common ingredient in many local dishes. It’s also used extensively in cuisines across Southeast Asia. It was introduced to Europe in the 17th century, where it was used to add flavor to jellies and desserts.

Star anise is an easily recognized food, with its eight-point star shape. It has a licorice-like flavor and is often found whole, crushed or ground, having no difference in quality as long as it retains its aroma. If you buy it whole, be sure to count the points of the star (it always has eight!) because there is a Japanese version of the spice with ten points that is poisonous.

Star anise has a soothing effect on the digestive system, aids in the processing of food and helps fight constipation, bloating, flatulence and cramps. This is due to a compound called anethole, which is like aniseed.

It has also demonstrated, in many laboratory studies, a role in the fight against viral, bacterial or fungal infection and inflammation. Star anise contains shikimic acid and other compounds that have

Star anise can be used for dishes with duck, pork, chicken, soups, desserts and fruits. You can also enjoy its flavor by making an infusion as a digestive after a meal.

Learn more about the amazing health benefits of herbs and spices with the book “Condimenta tu Salud”, available on Kindle at Amazon in the following link, or like Dr. Jay’s Facebook page. 

Photo credit @gastrobrand

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