Angelica root is an 18-24 month crop, planted in built-up rows with the roots reaching up to 30cms below ground. Above ground level a plant with green foliage grows throughout the summer but dies back with the onset of winter. The root can be harvested at any time but is usually harvested after 18 months, during the autumn. The roots are washed and then dried before being cut to various sizes depending on Beacon Commodities’ specifications.
Angelica seed has an extremely poor germination rate and therefore vast quantities are required. The seed needs to be well handled and dried to ensure effective storage and is therefore harvested in the summer (24 months after it was planted). Its use in the Gin Industry is not as common as angelica root but is proves a key botanical for some very well known Gins.
Beacon Commodities are working on growing their own UK angelica root. An exciting project that could lead to the second UK grown botanical.
Please see our Newsletter, Issue 5 and Issue 6 for further details or please contact email@example.com or phone +44 1473 810 107.