Star aniseed is actually more than just a spice – for over 3,000 years, it’s been considered a medicine in China. And true enough, it does come with some benefits. If you’re experiencing digestion problems after a meal, you can chew star anise for some relief. It will make your breath much fresher too.
Star anise actually is the dried fruit of the Illicium verum-tree, which is a close relative of the magnolia (itself often found in parks). And it tastes very good with meat.
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Recipe: oriental chicken wings
16 chicken wings
4 tablespoons unsweetened sherry
250 ml chicken broth or water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 badian, broken into bits
Arrange chicken wings in a casserole dish, drizzle with sherry and let stand for 30 minutes. Turn occasionally. Add broth or water, soy sauce and badian, salt to taste. Simmer covered around 45 minutes, until meat is tender. Serve as appetizer, or with rice as a main dish.