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Star anise, SEM

Star anise. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the centre of a dried star anise fruit. This spice is derived from the dried fruits of the Illicium verum tree. It is widely used in Chinese, Indian and southeast Asian cuisine and also for alternative medicine. The star-shaped fruit comprises a number of seed pods (usually 8) radiating from a common centre, each of which contains a single glossy, hard coated seed. Magnification: x9.5 when printed 10 centimetres wide

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Alternative Alternative Medicine Aromatic Centre Complementary Cooking Cuisine Culinary Dried Edible Flavour Flavouring Fruit Fruit Pod Herb Herbal Treatment Ingredient Seed Seeds Spice Spices Star Star Shaped Stimulant Therapeutic Therapy Aniseed Badian Illicium Verum Star Anise


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This print showcases the intricate beauty of star anise, a spice derived from the dried fruits of the Illicium verum tree. In this coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM), we are granted a close-up view of the centre of a dried star anise fruit. The star-shaped fruit consists of multiple seed pods radiating from a central point, each containing a glossy and hard-coated seed. Widely used in Chinese, Indian, and southeast Asian cuisine, as well as alternative medicine practices, star anise adds both flavor and therapeutic benefits to various dishes. Its aromatic properties make it a beloved ingredient in culinary creations while its medicinal qualities have been utilized for centuries. Through magnification at x9.5 when printed 10 centimeters wide, this SEM image allows us to appreciate the biological intricacies that lie within this humble spice. From its distinctive shape to its botanical composition, every detail is brought into focus. Whether you're exploring new flavors in your cooking or seeking natural remedies for wellness purposes, star anise offers both versatility and efficacy. This print serves as a reminder of nature's wonders and encourages us to embrace the diverse possibilities that plants like these can bring into our lives.

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