Star anise, SEM

Star anise, SEM

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Caption: Star anise. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of part of a dried star anise fruit pod. This spice is derived from the fruits of the Illicium verum tree. It is widely used in Chinese, Indian and southeast Asian cuisine and also for alternative medicine. The star-shaped fruit comprises a number of seed pods (usually 8) radiating from a common centre, each of which contains a single glossy, hard coated seed. Magnification: x11 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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