The fruit of a small evergreen tree which are picked before ripening and dried in the sun. Star Anise is a dark brown to tan star shaped fruit pod that contains a pea size seed in each of its eight segments. It has a bitter licorice flavor, with fennel like aromas. Used in Chinese cuisine, five spice powder, teas, liqueurs, savory and sweet cooking. Use to season duck, pork, fish, eggs, fish and shellfish, poultry, pork, fruit especially apple and pears, and pastry.