I’ve just bought some star anise, but I'm not sure of its origin. It smells zingy which kind of reminds me of Chinese food.

Taste-wise, is there a difference between Indian and Chinese star anise? I wanted the Indian one, as per a recipe, but I’m wondering if I have the Chinese one and if that will give the same taste the recipe intended?

  • The culinary star anise is Illicium verum. Just to be clear, in English the plant called the "Japanese star anise" is a different species, Illicium anisatum, which is toxic and not fit for consumption.
    – Michaelyus
    Dec 10, 2019 at 15:23

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In my experience, star anise is star anise. I don't think the origin matters much for your recipe, but there might be a marginal difference. I've never paid much attention to the origin of my star anise.


The star anise shrub (Illicium verum) originates in China, so it's all going to be pretty similar regardless of where the pods you bought are actually grown; where I live distributors don't even label origin for it. Nor can I find a single online publication source that mentions any differentiation of star anise by origin.

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