PRODUCT DESCRIPTION Illicium verum is a medium-sized evergreen tree native to northeast Vietnam and southwest China. A spice commonly called star anise, 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. SHIPPING POLICY (Please Read) - Your package will be shipped via PTT - Turkish Post Economy International Mail WITHOUT tracking number. - Packages are normally delivered in 20 - 30 days period. But rarely this duration might be up to 50-55 days. Unfortunately "Economy International Shipping" delivery times may be very unpredictable. Sometimes customs may be very busy. So delays may occur. - If you prefer Registered Air Mail with Tracking Number, please contact us with your country information.