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A unique character with star power.

Star Anise
(llicium velum)
Star Anise, Whole Leafs

Like a stronger version of anise seeds, star anise has a distinct, spicy licorice flavor.

Its intense flavor complements soups, stews and braising liquids. And it pairs particularly well with soy sauce and Chinese five spice.

Use it to add an authentic Far East flavor to your meals. Just make sure to discard the pod after cooking.

Fun Fact: Even though the star anise pod is inedible, the Chinese like to chew on it as a breath freshener.

Our Star Anise is only star anise. Spice Islands® spices and herbs don’t contain added sugar, fillers or other ingredients so you get the most authentic flavor every time.

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