Star anise, one of my favourite spices. I used them in a spicey strawberry sweet last weekend. Taken in natural light with a canon 450D and a canon 100mm macro lens. processed in cs4 and textures by flypapertextures
title from the Simply Red song
Chinese star anise is one of the most beautiful and fragrant spices in the world. The perfect 8-12 pointed stars are the fruit of the native Chinese evergreens, boasting a much stronger, sweeter and denser licorice flavor than the more common Spanish anise seeds. Make sure to cut back by ½ – 2/3 if you are substituting star anise for seed anise, as it is more potent.