The harvesting season of the berries of litsea cubeba trees in China takes place in a very short period of time (three weeks during August-September). The trees are grown in mountainous regions and poor weather conditions can sometimes greatly affect the harvest. The oil is a major source of citral with a content of around 85%.
Category Essential Oils and Extracts
Regional Availability Worldwide
Harvest Period July - Sept
Natural Status EU Natural
Organoleptic Descriptors sweet, fresh, green, lemon, grassy, citral
Common Applications apple, bergamot, lemon, herbal, spring rain, grass, mimosa
Appearance Pale yellow to yellow liquid
Optical Rotation -1.0 to +10.0
Refractive Index @20℃ 1.4800 - 1.4870
Specific Gravity @20℃ 0.880 - 0.895
Flash Point ℃ 65°C
Shelf Life (months) 12
Storage Recommendations Sealed containers in a cool dark place. Check quality before use.