The Chinese evergreen tree Illicium verum produces the fruit that is used to make the spice star anise.It has a flavour evocative of licorice and is fittingly named for the star-shaped pods from which the spice seeds are extracted.Although the two spices are unrelated, star anise and anise are sometimes mistaken because of similarities in their flavors and names.Star anise is well-known for its therapeutic properties in addition to its distinctive flavor and culinary uses.
Due to its abundance in various flavonoids and polyphenolic chemicals, star anise may have therapeutic properties. In the medical field, star anise has been effective in treating a range of bacterial, viral, and fungal illnesses. The flavour of star anise is distinctly licorice-like. It's a common component in Asian cooking and can be infused to make tea or added to soups, stews, broths, baked products, and desserts.