Shanglin County of Nanning has planted star anise for more than 200 years and boasts one of the main producing areas of star anise in Guangxi. Star anise is mainly planted in the towns of Dafeng, Xiangxian and Xiyan in the eastern foot of Daming Mountain. Its spicy flavor and the high oil content make it a superior spice with high medicinal value of stomach-invigorating, cold and dampness dispelling, etc.. Anise oil extracted from star anise is an important fragrance enhancer for premium perfume, soap, toothpaste and cosmetics and is welcomed by customers all around the world.
It was known that as early as in the 1990s, Dafeng Town declared itself as one of the hometowns of Chinese characteristic products and won the title of "Hometown of Chinese Star Anise". In December 2014, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China approved the implementation of the protection of Shanglin Star Anise as a geographical indication product, which made Shanglin Star Anise another protected geographical indication product in Shanglin County after Shanglin Rice.