Certainly the prettiest spice, it is also The Seasoned Home’s trademark. The whole perfect stars are really a beautiful wonder of nature, with eight points and a seed in each point. The anise plant has a strong licorice flavor and is used for both sweet and savory dishes.
Anise star makes an attractive dinner garnish. They also add a lovely flavor and appearance floating in a cup of tea. The Chinese used star anise in many pork, chicken, and seafood dishes. Often reserved for craft use.