The Star Anise is a powerful spice which is well-known for making cuisines savoury. They are used primarily in Chinese and Vietnamese cuisines and is a dominant ingredient in the famous Chinese five-spice powder. Whole Star Anise are actually used to infuse soups, stews and braised dishes. For some dishes, just a little star anise can go a long way - simply add a pinch to a stir-fry or to the liquid for poaching pears or other fruits.
Aside from its culinary uses, the Star Anise also has health benefits and can be used as natural remedies for asthma, bronchitis, running nose, cough and digestive disorders such as flatulence, indigestion, nausea, bloating, colicky and stomach pain.