When You Wish Upon a Star Anise

What spice represents Christmas for you?

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) because of its importance in the international gingerbread house construction industry?


Gingerbread House

Cinnamon, the dried bark of the Sri Lanka tree Cinnamomum verum, as an essential ingredient for Christmas candles, cookies and tea?

Cinnamomum verum 001

Cinnamon rolls

(Cranberry Cinnamon Christmas Tree Rolls)

For me it is Star Anise, the dried fruit of the Chinese evergreen tree Illicium verum, mainly based on its appearance (yes, I am a superficial spice appreciator). It’s just so pretty!

Illicium verum

Illicium verum macro 2

Using cinnamon sticks and star anise you can make very nice holiday decorations, as shown in this tutorial.

I am also very intrigued by these Chocolate, Grapefruit, and Star Anise Cookies with White Chocolate Ganache Filling

Chocolate, Grapefruit and Star Anise Cookies

Christmas without spices just wouldn’t be the same!

What is your favourite Christmas spice? Cast your vote now!

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