Star anise/nkitinkiti


Star anise is an herb.In Ghana, star anise is locally known as nkitinkiti (akan).

People take in star anise for:

It is also used to treat digestive tract problems including:

  • upset stomach/ bloating
  •  loss of appetite
  •  colic in babies.

Some women use star anise for increasing the flow of breast milk, promoting menstruation, and easing childbirth.

Star anise is also used for increasing sexual drive.

source: http://www.webmd.com


In foods and beverages, star anise is considered a culinary spice; both the seed and oil are used as flavoring.
In Ghana, it makes an important ingredient for stews and meat/fish seasoning.


Published by Sharon Asa


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