Star Anise (Chakra Phool)

Star Anise (Chakra Phool)

The Latin name for the Star anise plant is Illicium verum. Star anise, which is also referred to as Chinese Star anise, is a member of the magnolia family. Mature Star anise trees can grow up to 26 feet tall. Evergreen Star anise trees can be found growing in parts of China, India, Japan and the Philippines

The fruit of the Star anise tree looks an eight to twelve pointed star. Star anise can either be used whole and removed prior to serving the dish or finely ground and added with any other herbs and spices called for in a recipe. Whole Star anise seed pods which are up to 1 1/4 inches across can be ground in a coffee grinder.

They are not only popular for their rich flavor but for several health benefits as well. One of the most important Star anise seed benefits is, it can alleviate gastrointestinal problems by improving digestion. In India, Star anise are chewed after meal to ensure proper digestion of food besides being used in the preparation of many dishes. You can get relief from any kind of gastrointestinal or digestive problems by using Star anise seed.

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