Star Anise has a very sweet and licorice taste to it. It is used with many other spices as well.
Chilled desserts, sauces, soups, stews, and with red meats. It is best used as an accent flavor. It is wonderful in combination with cassia cinnamon, chili powders, coriander, fennel, garlic, ginger, lemon grass, and Sichuan peppercorns.