Lavender and Lavandin

Every summer the plateaus and hills of Provence are coloured in blue by fields of lavender. The cultivation of lavender dates from the last century but its properties have been know since antiquity, it has even been used during the middle-ages as a disinfectant. Collected by hand in the past, the harvest is now completely mechanized. Dried for a few days, the flowers then leave for the distillery where the essential oil is extracted. 120 kg (20 stone) of flowers makes 1 kg (2.2 Pb)of essential oil. Lavandin plant, a hybrid of lavender, is becoming more and more popular because it produces twice as much oil.

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