La Flor Chinese Star Anise, Family size

Star-shaped seed from China; somewhat more intense flavor than regular anise seed. In French dressing, fruit compotes, chicken soup, beef stew and coffee. Old-time pickling recipes often call for it. Star Anise - also called Chinese Anise, it is a dark brown flower-shaped spice with a licorice-like taste. The most common usage is in Chinese cooking, especially marinades. Star Anise adds a warm pungency to potpourris. It is also visually attractive in these mixtures. One star is enough to brew a cup of tea, although it is often blended with other herbs and spices for this purpose.