Star Anise (History)

Anise, (Pimpinella anisum), annual herb of the parsley family (Apiaceae), cultivated chiefly for its fruits, called aniseed, the flavour of which resembles that of licorice. Native to Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean region, anise is cultivated in southern Europe, southern Russia, the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan, China, Chile, Mexico, and the United States. Star anise, an unrelated plant, has a similar flavour profile.

Description

The plant reaches up to 0.75 metres (2.5 feet) tall. The leaves near the base are long-stalked and simple, whereas the leaves along the stem are compound with shorter stalks. Its small yellowish white flowers form loose umbels. The fruit is a schizocarp (a dry fruit formed of multiple carpels that separate) and is nearly ovoid in shape. It is about 3.5 mm (0.12 inch) long and has five longitudinal dorsal ridges. The essential oil content is about 2.5 percent, and its principal component is anethole.

Star Anise – Health Benefits

1. Rich in Nutrients.
2. May Reduce Symptoms of Depression.
3. Could Protect Against Stomach Ulcers.
4. Prevents the Growth of Fungi and Bacteria.
5. Could Help Relieve Menopause Symptoms.
6. May Balance Blood Sugar Levels.

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