Though the exact origin of Chinese Five Spice Powder is unknown, it is believed that it is the result of the Chinese attempting to produce the ultimate “wonder powder” – a spice that incorporated all five taste elements: sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, and salty. Traditionally, the measurements follow regional and family traditions.
As friends have traveled and shared oral recipes, we have heard tell of the following variations: substitute fresh orange peel for ground cinnamon or add ground, dried ginger root powder, nutmeg, and/ or turmeric.
Course: Condiment, Speciality
Author: edible Hawaiian Islands Test Kitchen


  • 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Ground Star Anise
  • ¼ tsp. Ground Fennel Seed
  • ¼ tsp. Ground Szechwan Peppercorn 
  • Salt To Taste


  • We encourage you to take risks, explore, and discover which blend your family likes best!


Our Do It Yourself department is meant to inspire and motivate you to make items you would normally buy at the store. To represent our 2019 Fall issue theme of CELEBRATE we wanted to share a spice mixture that we use to flavor enhance special dishes. We decided to use our version of Chinese 5 Spice on our IMU turkey found ON-LINE.
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