Star Anise's taste is a bit sweet with licorice undertones and it provides a warm and mild numbing effect in the mouth. The aroma of star anise is similar to anise seed and fennel but a bit more pungent.
Versatile, Star Anise works well in baked goods, chilled desserts, sauces, soups, stews and with red meats. Star Anise is a favorite amoung bakers. Use it in apple pie, gingerbread or spice cake.