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.
There was a sense of disquiet within the farmer community with the margins afforded by traditional crops like corn and sunflower amongst others. As a result they have diversified the lavender production areas in the last 3-4 years. The Dobrich area in north east Bulgaria experienced the biggest expansion of new lavender plantation.. Also there has been a constant increase in the lavender oil price in the previous 3 years. Local farmers are confident that lavender will yield better margins than traditional crops. In the next 5-6 years, planted areas with lavender are anticipated to grow between 200-300 hectares/ year in north east Bulgaria, which produces an estimated 75% of Bulgarian lavender. Projections for 2019 peg the lavender oil production figures at an impressive 600 tonnes if the plantation and climate remain favourable.
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