Anistar has a sweet, licorice-like flavor. The Romans used anistar as a food flavoring in the middle ages. In England it was used to perfume the clothing worn by King Edward IV. Kept under a pillow, it was supposed to prevent bad dreams.
Turkey, Spain and Egypt are the chief sources of anistar. In India, it is cultivated in some parts of Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Punjab, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh.