Star Anise: The Quiet Star of Asian Cuisine
Star anise is indigenous to Vietnam, and is harvested from an evergreen tree known as Illicium verum. Literally translated, the plant’s Latin name means “truly enticing”… and it lives up to its reputation.
Star anise is subtle and seductive, distinctive and delightful. It is one of the essential ingredients in the Chinese “five spice” blend and in India’s famous garam masala spice mixture. It’s central to the complex flavor of Vietnamese pho soup, and has even found its way into Western cuisines, where it is used for a certain je ne sais quois in French mulled wine and an extra kick in liqueurs such as Galliano and absinthe.
Explore the world or star anise tea blends with us. See for yourself how the sophisticated flavor of this spice brings out the warmth of cinnamon, the exotic taste of coconut, the sweetness of apple and so much more.
A succulent melange of apple pieces, orange peel, hibiscus, cranberry and spices. Bright fruity notes meld with warming wintry spices to celebrate the longest day of the year, and hope for the approaching spring.
A caffeine-free twist on traditional chai. Made with the herb rooibos, or “red bush,” from South Africa, this chai brews up rich and spicy. Delightful with steamed milk as a tea latte.