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    Lavender production takes off in Bulgaria


    by PressTV

    Bulgaria is blooming ahead in the sweet smelling business of producing lavender at the foot of the Balkan Mountains.

    The carpet of organic lavender stretches one-hundred hectares at the Enio Bonchev Production Company. At noon, dozens of workers pick lavender blossoms in the hot weather on the purple-colored fields. At temperatures close to thirty-eight degrees centigrade, the concentration of oil in the blossoms is at its highest. Skilled workers are able to pick up to three-hundred kilograms of blossoms in a day. Bags of lavender petals are then taken to the nearby distillery where workers press them by foot before the precious oil is extracted in a steam distillation process.