Certain Thai curry pastes and soups that use star anise, and authentic Thai ice tea uses this as a flavorant. This is a classic Chinese spice that, in Thai dishes, is added primarily to soups. For the soup, add the whole seed pod instead of grinding it up. The anise should not be eaten whole, but it looks pretty in the dish and imparts are wonderful aroma. Star Anise is also used very effectively in making aromatic pot pourri, and many international dishes call for it. We offer a fresh, highly aromatic product that can be found in specialist spice stores for $7.50 per quarter ounce! We feel this is a great price, and the quality is excellent. Product of Thailand. Anise is one of the key ingredients in Chinese 5 Spice. We also offer star anise powder.