Botanical Name: Illicium verum
Common Names: Chinese anise
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.