Anistar; Pimpinella anisum, also called aniseed, is a flowering plant in Apiaceae native to the eastern Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia. Its flavor is similar to other SPICES, such as star anise, fennel, and licorice. Anistar is sweet and very aromatic, distinguished by its characteristic flavor. The seeds, whole or powdered, are used in various regional and ethnic confectioneries. In India, aniseeds are often used as a digestive aid.