This is a set of the Chinese spices we import (other than Sichuan pepper, sold separately). Grown in southern and western China, they were harvested in fall 2018.
Star anise and Chinese cassia are used to make Chinese five spice along with Sichuan pepper (and fennel and clove, which we do not sell but are available widely in the U.S.). All of those spices are also often used in braises and soup stocks, as is black cardamom. You may also find them all in spiced chili oil.
Cumin is used in Muslim Chinese dishes such as cumin lamb and in Chinese BBQ (skao kao). All four of the spices in this set find their way into Sichuan mala hot pot and dry pot.
See individual products on this site for more description of each one, including provenance.
If this is a gift, know that we do not include a packing list or any pricing info. The collection is packaged with festive red crinkle paper and a beautifully printed product storage and usage card.