- Anise seed/ Chakri phool is a lovely spice that can add a wonderful aroma and flavor to your cooking. Anise seed can be used in whole or ground form to add an aromatic licorice flavor to recipes. Star anise is packed with protective antioxidants which neutralize damaging free radicals in the body.
- Star anise is commonly used in its whole form to flavor teas, marinades, soups, broths, and other liquids. It is used as a spice in preparation of biryani and masala chai all over the Indian subcontinent. Star anise is an ingredient of the traditional five-spice powder of Chinese cooking
- The star-shaped pericarp of Illicium verum, a medium-sized native evergreen tree of northeast Vietnam and southwest China, is used to make star anise, star aniseed, or Chinese star anise, a spice with a flavour similar to anise. The star-shaped fruits are picked just as they are about to mature. The oil of star anise is used in cooking, perfumes, soaps, toothpastes, mouthwashes, and skin treatments. Exotic anise spice has a number of significant plant-derived chemical components with anti-oxidant, disease-prevention, and health-promoting qualities. Anethole, an important volatile oil found in the seeds, is the main component that gives anise its distinctive sweet, aromatic flavour. Estragol, p-anisaldehyde, anise alcohol, acetophenone, pinene, and limonene are some of the other significant substances identified in these seeds. Many traditional medicines use anise seed oil, which is extracted from the seeds, as a stomachic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, digestive, expectorant, and stimulant.