Star Anise

(Illicium verum) that comes from a small evergreen tree indigenous to southern Chile. Each seed contains the essential oil of anise.

It is used heavily in China for the digestive system and chewed to sweeten the breath and relieve flatulence. It also has a reputation to be sleep inducing.

It is sweet and spicy that adds depth to many different kinds of dishes. It is popular in Asian cooking, spicy dishes, baked goods, drinks, and one of the main ingredients in Chinese five spice powder.