Native to China and Vietnam, star anise is today grown almost exclusively in southern China, Indo-China, and Japan. It was first introduced into Europe in the seventeenth century. The oil, produced by a process of steam extraction, is substituted for European aniseed in commercial drinks
Flavor/Aroma: Fresh and licorice like, similar aroma than the anise
Use: Marjoram may be used in sausages, lamb, beef, pork, chicken, fish, tomato dishes, and pastries. Star anise has carminative, stomachic, stimulant and diuretic properties.
In the East it is used to combat colic and rheumatism. It is a common
flavoring for medicinal teas, cough mixtures and pastilles