Star Anise, Whole

There’s no doubt, star anise gets my vote for the coolest looking spice in our collection. The beautifully aromatic star shaped, dried pods come from the evergreen tree. Each point contains a small, tough-skinned seed.

Star Anise has a powerful sweet and spicy flavor. Think licorice and root beer. Mmmmm. It can be used whole or ground.

To fresh grind star anise (and you’ll want to grind it fresh), we also sell the perfect tool. Check out our Microplane Spice Mill.

BTW, we ship our star anise in an oversized tube just to protect the stars. You’ll get mostly whole stars in each tube - though you can expect a few broken anise pieces too.

Use star anise to infuse flavor in tea, cocktails, soups, stews, and baked goods. Pairs well with citrus, onions, poultry, beef, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

BTW, Webster says “anise” is pronounced “ann-iss.” Though, it’s a free country. You can call it whatever you want.


We normally ship within 1-2 business days after receiving your order.

Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays are not business days for us. We need some rest too. ;-D

We put together a Shipping FAQs page if you’d like more details on what to expect.

While Overnight is guaranteed, FedEx is no longer guaranteeing 2 Day service, though they should arrive more quickly than other options. Remember, Overnight and 2 Day items require one business day processing time, but we will ship these out first each day.

Your satisfaction is guaranteed. Would hate for you to be unhappy. The world has enough unhappiness. We're here to make you happy. Okedoke?

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Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Spice grinder euphoria

The little spice grinder I purchased is wonderful. The star anise ground up superbly.

David Greene
Great spices

Good spices open a universe of new and interesting taste. So far the black pepper, star anise and others I’ve ordered from Reluctant Trading are the best I have gotten. I’m eagerly awaiting their curry mixes I’ve just ordered

Vanessa Hoesl
Happy customer

Totally happy with my purchases. I will keep you in mind when I’m ready to restock my spices. Thank you!

Glad I Purchased

As usual, Reluctant Trading offers the best quality spices, Fresh, fragrant and packaged with care.

Carole Zoom
Best tasting anise

just love the full seeds and the superior taste of the anise I get from reluctant trading company