In many dishes, whole stars are added to the cooking, imparting their flavour as the food simmers. It is not uncommon to find star anise served in the food, to be fished out by the diner.
Star anise is also a component of the classic Chinese five spice mix, used widely in Chinese cuisine.
In western cuisines, star anise has gained some use as a replacement for anise, as it is less expensive.
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