Star anise also called ‘ Badian’, is the seed pod of an evergreen tree, has warm sweet spicy note and liquorice-like flavor but more pungent with warm sweet notes and stronger than regular anise seed.
1 crushed star anise = 1/2tsp ground Star Anise.
Star anise is an ingredient of the traditional five-spice powder blend. Also it characterize Eastern Chinese cuisine, Indian, Indonesian and Malay cooking. Star anise is usually added whole and discarded before serving, or grind as much of it as required when cooking.
Star anise has been used in a tea as a remedy to settle bloated stomach and to aid digestion.
To Make Star Anise Tea: Steep 1/2tsp ground Star Anise in a cup with very hot water for 3-5 minutes, strain & sweeten with honey, drink up to three cups a day.