The fields of white flowers have already become a trademark of EVERHERB. Matricaria chamomilla, better known as chamomile, can be found in nearly every household – whether as soothing tea or as a remedy for stomach and intestinal complaints – chamomile is versatile and popular, also in agriculture.
Egypt is one of the world’s most important cultivating countries of the white-flowered medicinal herbs.
Conscious handling of water
Among others, Chamomile does not need a huge amount of water, but since Egypt is a country which struggles with severe water scarcity, we do not want to waste it , so our employees regularly receive trainings on the best irrigation methods.
During the winter months not only the chamomile grows, but also the weeds. Bugs like caterpillars and snails like the young plants. “For chamomile weeds are only a problem in the first months of cultivation, Then we go through the fields with a chipper. EVERHERB fertilizes it with biological compost , a waste product of the Plants production.
In January, the first chamomile flowers slowly show up. However, these young sprouts are immediately cut off again ,As a result, the plants branch out and become more thick. Only a month later, the actual harvest starts. 40 people per Feddan (about 0.42 hectares). we always have some assistants during harvest from the surrounding villages who help us to do the fine work during the months February and April,”.
Further processing in EVERHERB
The harvested chamomile flowers are dried in a shadow house on the EVERHERB farm.
At EVERHERB, the herbs, spices and seeds are cleaned, finally sent.
50 tons of chamomiles are exported.
The remains of the harvest are, by the way, used for composting or are used as a straw for livestock breeding.
EVERHERB has always been aware of the importance of chamomile as a healthy and natural remedy and uses it in many areas. Combined with the Biodynamic cultivation, the chamomile is not only for agriculture, but also for humans a completely profitable plant, which will surely also be found in the future in the home pharmacies and tea assortments around the world.