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Author:Wolfgang Meinhart, Hamburg
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2018 Crop China
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Illicium verum

Star Anise, Staranise Tree

We obtain our seed from a reliable Chinese supplier. Due to the similarity of this plant with the poisonous Illicium anisatum we advise that customers confirm the identity of plants grown from our seed before consuming the fruit.

In Stock: 0.805 lb (Total:0.805lb)
  • Illicium verum

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 24 hours, repeat process on seed that did not imbibe
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: boiling water can be used if hot water does not scarify the seed 

Discover the exotic flavor of Illicium verum, also known as star anise, staranise, Chinese star anise, or badiam. This medium-sized evergreen tree is native to northeast Vietnam and southwest China and is widely used in Chinese, Indian, Malay, and Indonesian cuisines. Star anise is an ingredient of traditional five-spice powder and enhances the flavor of meat. It is also a major ingredient in the making of ph?, a Vietnamese noodle soup, and is used in the French recipe of mulled wine. Star anise oil is a highly fragrant oil widely used in cooking, perfumery, soaps, toothpaste, mouthwashes, and skin creams. About 90% of the world's crop is used for extraction of shikimic acid, a key component in the anti-influenza drug oseltamivir. Not only is it versatile in the kitchen, but also an ingredient widely used in cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications. Try this unique spice and discover new depths of flavor in your cooking and everyday life. Order Illicium verum star anise today.

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