From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
Star anise is the fruit — yes, fruit — of an evergreen tree native to southern China (where most of it still is produced).
Spices are an important factor in healthy cooking, since they have the power to add abundant flavor without adding calories. Widen your spice-cabinet horizons this week with the unique flavor of star anise. This spice's shape emulates a star with 5-10 pointed tips radiating from a central seed pod. Rust colored with a tough texture, star anise comes from an aromatic evergreen tree. It can be purchase whole or ground and its licorice-like taste, is similar to but more pungent than its anise cousin.
This spice is known for its distinctive licorice flavor; use it in sweet and savory recipes like stir-fry or baked goods.
Taste your tomato seeds before using them in a dish: Sometimes the seeds are bitter and can overpower subtle flavors.
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We can’t get enough of these delicate and buttery seeds. Sprinkle roasted pumpkin seeds on soup, salad or oatmeal or try one of these 5 exciting recipes.
The pumpkin is carved and on display--now make sure to make the most of those nutrient-packed seeds.