AROMATIC FOUGERE

Type
Natural raw material
Parts used
Seeds
Extraction method
Steam distillation

Aromatic, grassy, syrupy scent.

Star anise has a grassy, aromatic scent. Often likened to the scent of licorice, star anise is used primarily in baking. It lends a nuanced, syrupy scent to accords.

Production

Star anise are native to the tropical regions of southern China and Vietnam. The fruit is picked when it is still green and then dried in the sun until turning reddish-brown. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the star anise is named so for its appearance: a woody follicle with eight-pointed carpels, much like a star. Each of its carpels contains a shiny seed, which, for the purposes of perfumery, are steam distilled to obtain an essence.
Origin
People's republic of china, vietnam

History

This star-shaped spice has captured our interest for more than three millennia: We’ve flavored sweets and liquors with it, dabbed its essential oil on our pulse-points, and uncovered its medicinal properties. Around 1500 BC, ancient Egyptians were busy cultivating star anise in large quantities to use in cooking, and to mix into medicinal elixirs. In the late 1500s, star anise made its way to Europe via an English sailor, and soon thereafter was traded along the tea route from China through Russia.
It’s easy to see why star anise has had us captivated for millennia: its list of benefits is seemingly endless. Among them, star anise is thought to have antioxidant benefits, act as an insect repellent, fight viruses and flus, aid digestion, prevent bacterial growth, reduce respiratory congestion and improve lactation.

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