Star Anise is one of the more beautiful spices in appearance having a beautiful 8 pointed star formation around the flavor filled seeds. A sweet licorice aroma and flavor make this spice a popular choice for use in preparing absinthe Vietnamese pho soup and garam masala. In addition to these dishes star anise is also used as one of the primary spice ingredients in Chinese 5 Spice Powder. | Star Anise has a sweet licorice flavor similar to that of the anise seed. Has a lovely star shape.