Star Anise is the dried star shaped fruit of an evergreen tree native to China. It has a strong licorice flavor and aroma. Star anise is used whole to flavor soups and some Chinese pork recipes and used ground in some poultry dishes. It is an ingredient in Chinese 5-spice. Try a whole star in a pot of beef stew! For Crafters, we now offer a new "select" grade of star anise, consisting of mostly whole stars.
use coarse cut star anise as you would whole star anise.