91. Star Anise

  1. Mathew Attokaran

Published Online: 7 FEB 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470959152.ch91

Natural Food Flavors and Colorants

Natural Food Flavors and Colorants

How to Cite

Attokaran, M. (2011) Star Anise, in Natural Food Flavors and Colorants, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470959152.ch91

Author Information

  1. Plant Lipids Limited, Cochin, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 FEB 2011
  2. Published Print: 18 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813821108

Online ISBN: 9780470959152



  • star anise;
  • star anise, a star-shaped fruit with a flavor - similar to aniseed, China major producer;
  • star anise, dried fruit of evergreen tree - height of 10–15 m with trunk thickness of 25 cm;
  • reddish-brown fruit, star-shaped with eight points - opening on maturation and drying;
  • spice, indigenous to Southern China and Northern Vietnam - popular in cuisines of Asia and China;
  • star anise, credited with medicinal properties;
  • Shikimic acid, for making antiflu drugs - from constituents of star anise;
  • Chinese, using star anise in meat preparations - in pork and chicken;
  • star anise oil - replacing spice in processed food;
  • star anise oil, use in medicinal preparations - for stomach and digestive ailments


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Plant Material

  • Essential Oil

  • Uses

  • Identification Numbers

  • References