English angelica harvest We are excited to report that our English Angelica has just been harvested after 15 months in the ground This is another step forward to increasing the number of UK grown gin botanicals. Growing more UK gin botanicals. Being botanical-traders we source all manner of herbs, spices and roots from around the world bringing them into our UK warehouse. However, we have always had a burning ambition to try and grow more UK gin [...]
Inspecting progress of our UK Angelica crop We have recently been to inspect the progress of our UK Angelica crop which ‘celebrated’ its 12-month birthday on 31st May 2019. The plan is to harvest the crop in October this year. Progress We were pleased at how healthy the crop looks with some of the plants standing over 5 feet tall. The seed heads were developing well and there were no problems with weeds which can be an [...]
Checking the UK Angelica crop We lifted a couple of our UK Angelica plants recently to check on the root structure. We were pleased with the progress and hope that another growing season before harvesting in October/November 2019 will add to the quality and yield.
UK Angelica benefits from warm September weather Our UK Angelica is coming along nicely and has benefitted from the recent spurt of warm weather. The photos in this post shows the plants on 14th September. Harvest will be in October 2019 so watch this space!
The Craft Distilling Expo, London 26th – 27th September 2018 Beacon Commodities have returned from a successful exhibition at the Craft Distilling Expo in London. Held in the Old Truman Brewery off Brick Lane, the show attracted distillers from around the world. Michael gave a presentation on ‘Citrus Fruit’ to a lively audience and there was great interest shown in the Beacon Commodities stand across the two days. We put together a brief video on various botanicals for the [...]
Botanical supplies and Brexit Britain will leave the EU on 29th March 2019, which is only seven months away! Focusing on botanicals We have been asked how a possible ‘no deal’ will affect botanical supplies within the UK. With so much we cannot control and little information on what Brexit is going to look like we thought it was important to focus on the things we can control. Shipments and border crossings It is likely [...]
UK AngelicaFinally after a few heavy rainstorms our Angelica seems to be well underway.We planted this in the Fens back in May and got off to a slow start with a lack of rain. We had to irrigate it on three separate occasions but luckily the Beacon Commodities’ rain dances have been working well!Harvest will be in October 2019 so watch this space!
Video of planting angelica in the UK Beacon Commodities have planted a trial site of angelica in the heart of the Fens in the UK. See the short video below. Click here to read the full article
Planting Angelica in the UK Beacon Commodities planted a trial site of angelica in the heart of the Fens near Huntingdon. We are excited to share with you our second UK based project. Once again, we are tackling the ‘indifferent’ UK weather and attempting to grow a key gin botanical in the UK. We have planted a trial site of angelica in the heart of the Fens near Huntingdon. Countryside that is well known for producing excellent agricultural crops. [...]
Checking on the Angelica Root supplies for the coming year In December we went to Belgium to check on Angelica Root supplies for the coming year. Having negotiated the snow and quite unbelievable traffic around Brussels we learnt a little more about this niche crop used predominantly in essential oils and gin production. Angelica The root takes 14 months to mature and is planted in August with harvest taking place in October/November the following year (weather permitting). [...]