Latin Name: Illicium verum
Common Names: Anise Star
Anise Star, which is also known as Chinese anise and
Illicium verum, is an extremely popular spice for deserts and baking.
Europeans use Anise Star in cakes, cookies, and sweet breads. In the
Middle East and India, it is used in soups and stews. Its licorice-like
flavor is also popular in candies, and its oil is often used in fine
liqueurs. In addition to its aromatic scent and delicious flavor, Anise
Star also has expectorant, anti-spasmodic, carminative, anti-microbial
and galactogogue properties.