Try This at Home: Catch a Star (Anise)

October/November 2010

This fall, use star anise (Illicium verum) in your kitchen to craft unusual comfort foods. This herb is used in many cuisines. You can make a savory Vietnamese noodle soup (pho); a sweet, milky Indian tea (masala chai); and a versatile Indian spice blend (garam masala), for example. Check out for recipes and more information.

Even More Star Anise

Add star anise to these recipes for soothing chai.

Create a spice concoction perfect for hot apple cider.

Bake Aromatic Pears.

Make a beef noodle soup that is popular in Vietnam.

Discover star anise's hidden talents.