Star anise is used in culinary applications for its distinct flavor but is also employed for its medicinal benefits. It is grown in China, Indo-China, and Japan and is sometimes referred to as Chinese star anise. Star anise is a pillar ingredient in Chinese cooking. It is also used to make tea and season roast duck and other meats. In Vietnamese cuisine, star anise is part of the well-known soup, PHO. In Western cultures, it is more often used to flavor liqueurs, such as absinthe, sambuca, and pastis, as well as baked goods like cookies and cakes.