You will have probably heard of the famous pudding combination of poached pears and star anise? Once a pudding now a juice. Although I usually like ginger in my pear juice, I wanted to experiment with other fragrant flavours and I thought it would be worth trying star anise, or Chinese star anise – a spice that closely resembles anise in flavor, obtained from the star-shaped dried pericarp, it’s a spicy fruit. If you like aniseed and liquorish type flavours then this one is for you. Star anise also has heaps of health benefits including antibacterial properties and is apparently good good for digestion.
Pears are a secret super food too – they provide a very good source of fiber and are also a good source of vitamin B2, C, E, copper, and potassium. They also contain a significant amount of pectin, which is a water soluble fiber. Pears are actually higher in pectin than apples.
Pear and Star Anise Juice
1) Simply take 2 – 3 dried star anise and cover in around 3 tablespoons of boiling water. Soak for half an hour or longer for a more intense flavour.
2) Then, juice around 5 – 6 pears per person.
3) The pear juice will be quite foamy even if you use a high-spec juicer. So strain the juice in a sieve and pour into a glass.
4) Then, lastly, strain the star anise liquid through the strainer into the glass
I realise this shade may not appeal to everyone, but it tastes awesome! Depending on the type of pear you use and also how ripe they are, will depend on the final colour. Mine came out as a rich pale brown because I used super-ripe pears. The star anise liquid also gives the juice a slight hint of colour too.