Star anise is the fruit of a small indigenous tree to China. This highly recognizable aromatic herb is often used in warming beverages such as spiced ciders or chai teas and has a strong taste of licorice. In addition to being a key component to Vietnamese Pho and Chinese Five Spice. Star anise has a long history of being used in Eastern cooking, in addition to being chewed after meals to freshen one's breath. It has a powerful scent and flavor, and is recommended to be used in moderation. It is a powerful spice and the tea is quite strong, only moderate amounts are needed.