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Illicium verum, commonly called Star anise, star aniseed, or Chinese star anise is a spice that closely resembles anise in flavor, obtained from the star-shaped pericarp of Illicium verum, a medium-sized native evergreentree of northeast Vietnam and southwest China. The star shaped fruits are harvested just before ripening.
'Illicium' from Latin 'Illicio'=entice. In Persian, star anise is called بادیان bādiyān, hence its French name badiane. In northern India it is called badian khatai. It is said[who?] that its origin is a place called Khata in China. In Malay it is called "Bunga Lawang". It is widely used in Malay cooking. In Tamil it is called as"அன்னாசி மொக்கு" ("Annachi mokku") and in Malayalam it is called "thakolam". It's called as "అనస్ పువ్వు" ("Anas puvvu") in Telugu.