Pelargonium graveolens originated in South Africa, but is also grown in Reunion, Madagascar, Morocco and Egypt. It grows two to three feet high and likes a warm, dry climate.
Seeding usually occurs late in the year around November and December with the first cut and distillation occurring in June. Then the plant continues to grow until the second cut around October.
Egypt has the largest commercial plantations of any African country and can produce 40 MT in any one year, second only to that of China
Often referred to as 'Rose Geranium Oil' this is one of the most important and most commonly used ingredients in perfumery.
France and the USA are cited as the world's largest importers; however, it is assumed that France is the biggest consumer (for fine fragrance).
As per previous reports, there appeared no way to predict the market prices for this product as the material seems to defy all supply and demand patterns, and at times has its own external influences. But in 2018, after the end of year vacation, price appears to be at attractive levels.
There are several reports indicating that China is buying Egyptian oil to supplement their own production, which is turning into a real business opportunity.
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