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Star anise grows as dark brown pods with eight segments, each containing a pea-sized seed. This spice hails from an evergreen tree plant that is native to southern China and northeast Vietnam, although it is cultivated in countries like Laos, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines.
Star anise tastes much like a standard anise seed, but slightly more bitter, which is why some chefs use it to provide a licorice flavor for some dishes.
Some people think that star anise and anise seed are the same. While both spices contain an essential oil called anethole, their similarities end here. For starters, anise seed belongs to the Apiaceae family, versus star anise that comes from the Schisandraceae family.
Anise seed is used more in Western dishes, particularly in Greek and French cuisine, since it has an intense, aromatic flavor that’s good for sauces. On the other hand, star anise is more common in Asian cooking.
Curry leaves are natural flavoring agents with a number of important health benefits, which make your food both healthy and tasty along with giving it a pleasant aroma. They contain various antioxidant properties and have the ability to control diarrhea, gastrointestinal problems such as indigestion, excessive acid secretion, peptic ulcers, dysentery, diabetes, and an unhealthy cholesterol balance. They are also believed to have cancer-fighting properties and are known to protect the liver.
Celery is a member of Apiaceae family with parsnips, fennel, and parsley. It offers many health benefits as celery is an excellent source of antioxidants and beneficial enzymes. But did you know that you can eat celery seeds? More about that in a minute.
Celery contains many minerals such as calcium, sodium, copper, magnesium, iron, zinc, and potassium. It is also a great source of fatty acids and vitamins including vitamin A, K, C, E, D, as well as the B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12).
An example of an aromatic leaf which is commonly used in cooking. It can be whole or ground dried pieces of the plant. It comes from several plants such as: Bay laurel. Fresh or dried bay leaves are used in cooking for their distinctive flavour and fragrance.
Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial flowering plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, and requires temperatures between 20 and 30 °C and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive.
Fennel is native to Southern Europe and grown extensively all over Europe, Middle-East, China, India, and Turkey. This herbaceous plant reaches up to 2 meters (about 6 feet) in height with deep green feathery (lacy) leaves and bears golden-yellow flowers in umbels. In general, fennel seeds harvested when their seed heads turn light-brown. The seeds, which closely resemble that of anise seeds in appearance, feature oblong or curved (comma) shape, about 3-4 mm long, light brown with fine vertical stripes over their surface.
Black pepper is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit, which is usually dried and used as a spice and seasoning, known as a peppercorn. When fresh and fully mature, it is about 5 mm in diameter and dark red, and contains a single seed, like all drupes.
Cumin is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native to a territory including Middle East and stretching east to India. Its seeds – each one contained within a fruit, which is dried – are used in the cuisines of many cultures in both whole and ground form.
Mango powder is ground from tart, unripe mangos which are sliced and sun-dried before grinding. Also known as amchur or amchoor powder, mangos are native to Southwest Asia. Most of us are familiar with mango’s delicious sweetness.
This powder is actually the opposite; it’s a little bitter and quite sour. Mango powder is not actually a “spice” but it can be used as one to add sourness in the same way tamarind, lemon or lime juice does. This powder is most associated with Northern Indian cooking as it is used in their vegetarian dishes, curries, chutneys, pastries, soups and marinades.