Today we shall look at some of the most profitable herbs to grow for sale. Herbal farming may not be very conventional in most corners of the world, but it has found its place amongst farming communities that know the value of these crops. Herbs have many significant uses, ranging from culinary, medicinal, ornamental, and cosmetic purposes. Some of the most profitable herbs in the present-day world include basil, dill, and parsley. As is with all the commodities, however, success at selling these herbs is generally dependent on finding people who purchase them for direct consumption, or for use as a by-product.
Some common applications of Herbs
As we have already highlighted, herbs have many uses. They are those that can be used to achieve a number of purposes, but most happen to fall in one of the following categories:
- Culinary – Some culinary herbs are more popular than others. Culinary herb farmers sell them in their dry form, or as potted plants so that they can be used to season various foods.
- Medicinal –There are herbs that have impressive benefits as far as bodily functions such as sleep, digestion and mood are concerned. Farmers who grow herbs for medicinal purposes have to grow them organically and label them appropriately.
- Cosmetic – some herbs are best left for use in the manufacture of products such as lotion, soaps, and perfumes ( common and rare).
- Ornamental- such herbs are used in decorations like wreaths.
Where are herbs grown?
Before growing your herbs, you must consider the required budget, as well as the location in which you will grow them. Growing herbs in a greenhouse can be a lot easier than growing them as potted plants. The costs of setting up a greenhouse may, however, get quite high.
If you consider starting with pots, consider using six-inch pots, so that your plants become. Do not forget to check quantities such as soil quality and ph balance before planting them, as this may significantly affect the quality of your harvest.
Which are the most profitable herbs to grow for sale?
Factors such as budget, climate, and the amount of land available may contribute to the level of profitability. You can however make your investment in the following herbs:
Oregano -this culinary herb has quite a great taste in most of the best Italian stews, soups, and gravies. Not forgetting its very popular aroma, which makes it a popular herb for use by most chefs.
Basil– Basil has its spot as one of the most widely used culinary herbs. Referred to as the “queen of herbs, basil can grow in almost any type of climate. You can also sell this herb to those who would need it for its medicinal and cosmetic purposes.
Saffron – Saffron takes the top spot as the most expensive spice in the world. It, therefore, has to be the most profitable crop in this category, all factors held constant. The one thing about saffron is that harvesting it can get quite demanding.
Vanilla – If you have tried purchasing vanilla for use in your kitchen, you can attest to the fact that it can get quite expensive, in comparison to other herbs (It is the second most expensive spice, after saffron). Companies that deal with processed food and medicines are the most common users of vanilla in large quantities. You can, therefore, grow vanilla and sell it to them.
Parsley –this popular culinary herb has made it to this list for a number of reasons. It’s perhaps more popular amongst the ancient Greeks. They believed that weaving parsley into a victory crown and feeding it to the horses would help them stand a better chance at winning races.
Other popular profitable herbs
John’s wort – This herb has gained its popularity from its mood-boosting properties. It has also been found to be quite useful in supporting the immune system, as well as skin treatments. Some of its users rely on it mainly for its capability to prevent cases of flu. The healing ingredient of John’s wort plant (known as hypericin) lies at the top part.
Amla –This herb exists as a popular tropical plant that does quite well in various light concentrations and medium types of soil. If you can pool your resources to grow this herb, you can sell it for its medicinal value and its cosmetic properties.
Cilantro –a very popular culinary herb that you may have already used in some of your dishes at home. Cilantro has also been identified as a herb that can help with digestion, along with a host of other medicinal properties.
Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera exists as a high-value medicinal herb that has been praised for its amazing healing properties. Most people swear by the aloe plant for its capability to heal a host of diseases. This herb also finds its use in the cosmetic industry as a highly preferred skincare ingredient and in the beverage industry.
Lavender– This herb has a host of medicinal values, the most common ones being the relief of pain and the improvement of several nervous systems Those who grow lavender can sell it in the form of fresh flowers. Farmers can also sell it as dried flowers, which are used in wreaths and many floral arrangements. Lavender has also found its use in the making of herbal pillows, the manufacture of skin care products, as well as lavender oil (a top-selling essential oil).
That will be all for this article on profitable herbs to grow for sale. Which are your favorite herbs? Did they feature in this list? If yes, would you consider making money by planting some for sale, or would you rather make money through other alternatives? Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments section, after reading my recommended agriculture research report in the link above.
I wish you well,
Eric, Investor and Team Member at Gold Retired!