Rosemary has a deep green colour and is a very strong shrub. The oil contains a number of phytochemicals, and is used mostly for its aromatic scent in skin and hair products. It is said to improve concentration. The scent is strong, camphorous and herbaeceous. The oil is in the leaves as well as the flowers, and we can harvest rosemary three times a year in the Baviaanskloof. It is steam distilled after harvesting. The producers started off growing Rosemary camphor, which is very similar to Tuscan Blue. They are now growing Rosemary verbenone as well which will be available for purchasing as an oil over the course of 2019. Rosemary grows well in the Baviaanskloof and is easy to propagate within the nurseries that the producers have built.
Kooigoed is also called Cape Gold. Just like with kapokbos, there are many different kinds of kooigoed. The species which is cultivated in the Baviaanskloof is Helichrysum splendidum. The plant makes bright yellow flowers. The oil is used to to help reduce the presence of unwanted bacterial, fungal or viral activity.
The Baviaanskloof Devco has trial plots of Thyme, Blue Yarrow, African Wormwood and Sage. We are also experimenting with Kalahari Melon seed oil which can be pressed. Kalahari melon grows naturally in the area and can be wild harvested. Aloe Ferox also grows wildly in the mountains and is being harvested. We are currently exploring various possibilities with these different products. Samples and specifications are available on request. The Baviaanskloof is home to thousands of indigenous plants species, some of which don’t occur anywhere else on earth. There is tremendous potential to explore these plants for sustainable use. Please contact us if you would like to talk about a potential collaboration.
Rosemary has a deep green colour and is a very strong shrub. Currently, the Baviaanskloof Development Company is drying certain varieties of rosemary in the area. Rosemary contains certain anti-oxidants which are used in the food industry as natural preservatives. They can be extracted from dried rosemary leaves. The Baviaanskloof Development Company started trialing dried rosemary in 2018 and is hoping to upscale production in 2019. Rosemary grows extremely well in the area and the hot and dry climate is very suitable for drying the leaves.
The Baviaanskloof Development Company was established in 2015. It is owned by a Farmer’s Trust (holding the majority of the shares), Commonland (the primary investor) and Grounded (which assists with the management of the company). The farmers receive immediate payment upon delivery of their flower oils (62% of the final market price) and have the potential upside of a kickback if the oils are sold at a high price. As a Trust, they collectively hold the majority decision-making power in the company. Grounded supports the company by fulfilling the role of a Managing Director. Grounded is also responsible for the marketing of the oils on behalf of the Baviaanskloof Devco.
The Baviaanskloof Devco received its organic certificate in 2018 giving it the status ‘In Conversion to Organic’. The products are in the third year of conversion to organic. We are expecting the oils to be 100% organically certified during the course of 2019.
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