Star anise is rich in a variety of flavonoids and polyphenolic compounds that may contribute to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

Star anise has a distinct licorice flavour similar to that of anise or fennel, though it’s not related to either of these spices. It pairs well with coriander, cinnamon, cardamom and  clove.

It’s a popular ingredient in Asian cuisine and can be used in soups, stews, broths, baked goods, desserts or steeped as a tea.