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 issue on the Fens. We also lifted a couple of the plants to inspect the root growth. We were instantly encouraged by the strong smell from the root. However, the root growth was not as extensive as the growth above the ground. We do now have the best part of 4 growing months before harvesting and therefore remain hopeful the plants will start directing their efforts/energy towards root growth.
Processing and trials
One of the biggest tests will be the processing of the root once harvested. Angelica root needs to be washed, dried, cut and sieved. We are putting plans in place with the farm and our own warehouse to undertake this in the most precise and ‘stress-free’ manner.
We did also run a small trial at the beginning of the year and received some very positive feedback about the oil content and flavour profile of the root, so we are hoping for big things come the harvest.