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Native to China and Vietnam, Star anise (തക്കോലം ) is star-shaped, fruit of the Chinese evergreen tree Illicium verum.
The pungent, licorice-like fragrance makes star anise an integral element in Biriyani, Ghee rice, Meat dishes and Chinese dishes.
The star anise pod is picked before it ripens and then dried in the sun for 3-4 days, turning it a deep brown or rust colour. The distinctive flavour is derived from anethol, the same oil found in anise seed giving both a licorice taste.
Health benefits of star anise
It improves digestion and reduce bloating.
rich in antioxidants and vitamin A and C, which help fight free radicals that are responsible for early ageing and diabetes.