Bulgaria is home to the largest growing area in the world for lavender oil, producing each year between 100 MT-130 MT (depending mainly on climatic conditions).
Distilled from the plant flower spikes, lavender oil is one of the world's most traditional essential oils frequently used in fragrances and aromatherapy, despite little evidence proving its therapeutic values.
Ultra International B.V. offers the highest grade of Bulgarian lavender oil which boasts a lavandulyl acetate content on average around 4% (industry average is 2%). To achieve this we hand select the plants from certain growing partners in Bulgaria to ensure we are able to offer our clients this premium oil each season.
Harvesting usually begins during the first two weeks of July and the season lasts around 2 weeks.
Lavender crop production has been around 30 / 40 % lower as compared to last year, due to adverse weather conditions. Heavy rain and storms, just prior to and during the harvesting period, lead to a substantial reduction in yields. Some distilleries are holding back stock and waiting for prices to go up further.
Initial estimates suggest production below last year’s level and possibly in the order of 200-250 MT. At this time low price products will certainly be of inferior quality.
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