I like to use this spice to add a hint of licorice-like flavor. It can be quite strong so use with caution. I like to use it with cinnamon (also with restraint) to add subtle undertones to other spices.
I purchased a 4 oz package of star anise. The quality was great, and the price was very reasonable. I used it while teaching an international cooking class, and I had more than enough to for practicing at home and making the dishes for multiple classes. I used the star anise to make Vietnamese Pho and an Indian curry.
I love star anise I uses it as a tea and in many food dishes Especially desserts I love all the spices I buy from spicesage because I can use them in different desserts and other items that I need to cook at the home