Five-spice powder is a Chinese spice mixture. It consists of cinnamon (actually cassia), star anise, Szechuan pepper, fennel and cloves. It contains the five taste groups sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami. Because it is quite dominant in taste, you should not use too much of it. The French company Arcadie came up with this line of herbs, spices and natural extracts under the Cook brand. They import herbs and spices from the best locations and are committed to sustainable trade relations.