From the western ghats of southern India to the tropics of South America.
Your dinner parties will sparkle when you use this pretty ingredient. Star anise is native to China and Vietnam and is used in both sweet and savoury dishes. It combines particularly well with poached fruit, pork and duck, soups and stews. Use moist heat application. Add at the beginning of cooking and simmer gently to release the full liquorice – like flavour.