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Jan 2, 2009 12:47 PM

Does anyone know where I might find Star Anise?

I have a recipe that calls for it, but I can't find it at any of the local supermarkets. I believe my best bet might be an Asian Market, but both of the ones I found (Kam San and Maxim in Rockville) are a good drive away from home, and I'd rather not make a trip for nothing. Does anyone know if I would find Star Anise there, or anywhere else I might find some? I live in Crystal City, by the way, if anyone knows of a market close to me. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Star Anise is used in lots of European sweets, esp. German so maybe try the German Gourmet at one of their two locations in Falls Church 7185 Lee Highway or 5838 Columbia Pike. The phone is 703-534-1908.

    Old Town Coffee, Tea and Spice on Union Street in Old Town Alexandria also sells it I believe. Just a block up from the former Olsson's book store.

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    1. re: milocat

      Thanks for the info. I'll check the shop in Old Town first.

    2. The Asian markets would have it for sure.
      Also...If you live in an area with a large hispanic population, you should be able to find it in any large supermarket. Foodtown, Stop and Shop, Shop-Rite, and A&P (and others) all have ethnic food aisles and often a large hispanic selection...look for the BADIA display and you'll find it cello wrapped, for under $2

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      1. re: The Professor

        Unfortunately, the two closest supermarkets to me are Harris Teeter (where I normally shop) and Shopper's. Neither of them have an ethnic food aisle, which is a bummer because I do like making ethnic foods. HT does, however, have excellent spice and organic produce sections, so I guess that makes up for it. :-) Thanks for the info. If I come across one of those supermarkets, I'll definitely check them out.

      2. Penzeys on Rockville Pike in Rockville has Star Anise. I bought some there very recently. Quality is excellent.

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        1. re: Lauman

          Excellent! Thanks so much for the advice.

          1. re: Lauman

            There is also a Penzeys on 7 in Falls Church, that might be a little closer to you. Balducci's usually has it in the spice aisle. I think I've seen it at Whole Foods, too.

          2. I got some a whole foods recently.

            1. For what it is worth, the quality of the star anise at Penzeys seems to be a good bit higher than the typical large bag of it you can find at a well-stocked Asian market. And the store is conveniently located pretty close to Lebanese Butcher, pretty thoroughly reviewed on this board. We're very fond of the mekanik sausages there.

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              1. re: PollyG

                I get mine at the Grand Mart latin market on the corner of Glebe and Pershing in Arlington. Its $1.50 a bag.. and about 7 times that at Whole Foods.