Star anise is common in many Chinese dishes, especially recipes involving pork or chicken. Also known as Chinese anise, it features the same three essential oils as the unrelated anise seed. The flavor of star anise is noticeably stronger than the anise seed. Our Whole Star Anise can be used in pickling and brining, marinades, and tea; you can also steep these pieces in milk when making ice cream or custard to add an extra licorice-like note. Ingredients: Star anise.