Star Anise, Whole

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 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.

Due to the pandemic, FedEx is no longer guaranteeing Overnight and 2 Day services, though they should arrive more quickly than other options. Remember, these items too require processing time, but we will ship these out first each day.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
They smell Devine

Only 16 were whole and I need them for garnish:(

Texas Cook

Ordered green cardamom, tumeric, black pepper, star anise and a few others I’m probably forgetting right now and all were brilliantly fresh and piquant. We spent the night they arrived comparing them to what we had on the shelf, sniffing one and then the other. Difference in complexity and strength was unbelievable. Worth the $$$.

Mark Huxsoll

Star Anise, Mostly Whole

Lisa S.
Insanely aromatic!

These little stars are so fragrant that I sometimes just open the can to catch the aroma. Never buying grocery-shelved spices again!