(Description: a handful of star anise, small, woody starshaped seedpods, each with eight slender points, some open with glossy brown seeds inside. Each little star is about 2cm wide.)
Star anise is a spice, much used in Asian cooking. I don’t use it much, but I always have some in my pantry, because I like its shape, and its name. Occasionally I stew some plums or pears with star anise.