Chinese Five Spice (wu xiang fen) is a mixture of wild black pepper, cassia, clove, fennel seed and star anise. Referred to as the Chinese bouquet garni, its combination of seasonings reflects the balance of yin and yang and five basic flavors in Chinese cooking: sweet, sour, bitter, hot and salty. Our Chinese Five-Spice is a deep brown-red powder with a sweetly pungent fragrance, predominantly from star anise. It’s spicy and tangy; use sparingly.
Chinese Five Spice now also comes in our special Longevity jar made of thick, durable, unique glass which blocks out damaging light that causes decay. This airtight, light-proof jar blocks out harmful air, moisture, and light, protecting our spices and preserving their freshness. Our Longevity jar not only looks beautiful and elegant, but it's also completely reusable, eco-friendly, and will last for years. All spices in the Longevity collection come in refill packs, so you only need to get the Longevity jar once for each spice and then just get the refill packs when the spice runs out, reducing waste and creating a sustainable solution for your kitchen.