Star Anise is a very aromatic condiment of Asian cuisine and has a sweet spicy licorice flavor similar to anise. It often is added whole to soups, stews and braising broths, to which it adds a sweet licorice peppery flavor. You can grind whole star anise and let the exquisite flavors fully develop. TRS Star Anise (Whole) is an important component of the five-spice mix, a Chinese spice mixture which is used worldwide as a condiment. Star anise can also be used as an ingredient for marinades for poultry (such as Peking duck) and as a seasoning for pho soups or meat dishes.