Staranise Tree, Star Anise Illicium verum

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Botanical Name:

Illicium verum







Common Name:

Staranise Tree, Star Anise

Seeds Per Pound:
1.63 lb
Average Viable Seeds/Packet:
10-15 feet
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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: 1.63 lb
Items are priced on a curve, you can buy any 'bulk quantity' up to what we have in stock, some examples are:
1 packet (~ 9 seeds)
10 gram (~ 151 seeds)
1 oz (~ 428 seeds)
4 oz (~ 1711 seeds)
8 oz (~ 3421 seeds)
1 lb (~ 6842 seeds)
Growing Info, follow in order:
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.
In a Nutshell:
* Illicium verum is a medium-sized evergreen tree native to northeast Vietnam and southwest China.
* A spice commonly called star anise, staranise, star anise seed, Chinese star anise or badiam that closely resembles anise in flavor is obtained from the star-shaped pericarp of the fruit of Illicium verum which are harvested just before ripening.
* Star anise oil is a highly fragrant oil used in cooking, perfumery, soaps, toothpastes, mouthwashes, and skin creams. About 90% of the world's star anise crop is used for extraction of shikimic acid, a chemical intermediate used in the synthesis of oseltamivir.
* Star anise contains anethole, the same ingredient that gives the unrelated anise its flavor. Recently, star anise has come into use in the West as a less expensive substitute for anise in baking, as well as in liquor production, most distinctively in the production of the liqueur Galliano. It is also used in the production of sambuca, pastis, and many types of absinthe.
* Star anise is an ingredient of the traditional five-spice powder of Chinese cooking. It is also a major ingredient in the making of ph?, a Vietnamese noodle soup.
* Star anise is the major source of the chemical compound shikimic acid, a primary precursor in the pharmaceutical synthesis of anti-influenza drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu). more...
* Chinese anise is extensively cultivated in China for its fruit and medicinal essential oil. It is planted in the grounds of temples in Japan, and also on tombs. more...
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