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Star anise: Becouse of its shape, the star anise was sacred to the Goddess and therefore a potent fertility symbol.

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[ DIY: Chai Tea Recipe ] made with: water, cardamom pods, cinnamon powder, star anise, fennel seed, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, peppercorns, milk, assam tea and sweetener of choice. ~ from Monterey Bay Spice Company

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Spiced Pear Gin Fizz

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star anise --- love this added to a cup of black tea, along with a cinnamon stick, allspice and cardamon pods.

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The Spice Series: Star Anise

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Quick & Easy Homemade Pho

Vietnamese pho soup combines star anise, beef broth and red curry paste for a spicy, filling soup!

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~ Autumn ~ “In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell . . . It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning. . . ” ~ Cynthia Rylant, -- Photo by: Renáta Dobránska

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