Star anise is technically the fruit of the evergreen tree Illicium verum. However, this fruit is not used as an edible fruit, only as a spice.

What blessing do the authorities determine is the right one to recite before smelling it?

I would think hanosein reiach tov bapeiros because it is a fruit.

I would think borei atzei vesamim because it is an inedible tree part.

I would think borei minei vesamim because it is indeterminable.

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