Thakkolam procured from our own organic farmlands are a Purely Organic and Natural product.
Star anise is the dried, star shaped fruit grown mainly in Asia. It is an evergreen tree attaining a height of 8-15 meters and a diameter of 25 cm. The leaves are entire, 10-15 cm long, 2.5 – 5 cm broad, white to red in colour. Fruits are star shaped, reddish brown consisting of 6-8 carpels arranged in a whorl. The crop requires specific agro climatic conditions available only in traditional growing areas, which has prevented repeated attempts of other countries to grow star anise. However it prefers woodlands, sunny edges, and dappled shade. The plant grows well in humus rich, mildly acidic to neutral soils, which are light to medium and having good drainage. It tolerates temperatures down to –10 degree C.
Aspect – Spicy and rich.
Colour – Dark brown.
Smell – More pungent with a harsher and more bitter profile
Taste –Sweet and spicy
Star Anise is used to flavour vegetables, meat, and to marinate meat. It is used as a condiment for flavouring curries, confectionaries, spirits, and for pickling. It is also used in perfumes. The essential oil of star anise is used to flavour soft drinks, bakery products and liquors. The fruit is anti-bacterial, carminative, diuretic and stomachic.