Star Anise (Illicium verum)
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Star Anise

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Star Anise (Illicium verum)

The star anise arrived in Europe in the 15th century through Russia, so it is also known as “Siberian anise”. However, other kinds of anise were known in the Mediterranean since ancient times. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that the anise was aphrodisiac and that it could maintain youthfulness and drive away bad dreams when placed under the pillow at night. Hippocrates believed that the anise could stop sneezing and used it for the smell of the genitals, etc. Dioscorides recommended it as a diuretic and diaphoretic, but also as a medicine against headaches. The Pliny mentions that women would have an easy childbirth, if they had smelled anise.

Star anise stimulates functions of vital organs (liver, heart, lungs and brain). It helps digestion reduce bulimia, the cough, the stomach upset and mild laxative. Strengthens the immune system and removes unnecessary slime. The star anise increases the function of the intestines, promoting digestion and relieving constipation. In traditional Chinese medicine it has also been used in hemiplegia and facial paralysis, whooping cough, cholera and tuberculosis.

This spice is excessively used in eastern and southeastern Asia, but it is also used in Greek cuisine, too. Star anise is great when used to flavor pasties and candied fruits, such as apples. It can be used in special meat dishes, too. Moreover, it is used in many liquors, but the most common use of anise is in the most famous traditional Greek spirit, Ouzo (Ούζο).

Star Anise (Illicium verum)

The star anise arrived in Europe in the 15th century through Russia, so it is also known as “Siberian anise”. However, other kinds of anise were known in the Mediterranean since ancient times. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that the anise was aphrodisiac and that it could maintain youthfulness and drive away bad dreams when placed under the pillow at night. Hippocrates believed that the anise could stop sneezing and used it for the smell of the genitals, etc. Dioscorides recommended it as a diuretic and diaphoretic, but also as a medicine against headaches. The Pliny mentions that women would have an easy childbirth, if they had smelled anise.

Star anise stimulates functions of vital organs (liver, heart, lungs and brain). It helps digestion reduce bulimia, the cough, the stomach upset and mild laxative. Strengthens the immune system and removes unnecessary slime. The star anise increases the function of the intestines, promoting digestion and relieving constipation. In traditional Chinese medicine it has also been used in hemiplegia and facial paralysis, whooping cough, cholera and tuberculosis.

This spice is excessively used in eastern and southeastern Asia, but it is also used in Greek cuisine, too. Star anise is great when used to flavor pasties and candied fruits, such as apples. It can be used in special meat dishes, too. Moreover, it is used in many liquors, but the most common use of anise is in the most famous traditional Greek spirit, Ouzo (Ούζο).