September 29, 2006

Chinese Five Spice

You’d think it was a trick question, right up there with “When did the war of 1812 start?” but it’s not: How many ingredients are there in Chinese Five Spice? I’ve got a jar of the stuff in my spice rack with six ingredients:

  1. Fennel Seed
  2. Anise Seed
  3. Ginger
  4. Licorice Root
  5. Cinnamon
  6. Cloves

It turns out that there are several different formulas, with surprisingly little overlap (and surprisingly little concern about the number 5). Read about other variations in Ingredients in Chinese Five Spice at SenseList.

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