De-barking Cascarilla Branches
Answered by: Richard Alan Miller
Question from: Gregory Rahming
Posted on: July 01, 2007

Do you know what equipment we can use to harvest the bark from Cascarilla tree branches?

I am unfamiliar with the Cascarilla tree. Croton Eleuteria grows only in the Bahamas. While I have no experience with this crop, I have debarked such other tree limbs as yew and cascara. That can be done with a ball mill, where the limbs are rolled across shaving knives to salvage limb bark (as a by-product).

Description of a ball mill, and other milling equipment can be found in my book "A Centralized Processing Facility" at www.herbfarminfo.com. Also, you might want to read my book "The Potential of Herbs as a Cash Crop" for a broader understanding of overall milling processing in general.

I am currently brokering Cascara sagrada bark, to include possible limb bark salvage. At this moment, there are shortages of the tree bark for current market demands. This tree can be grown as a forest farming project on an 11-year rotation, for example, making shortages more sustainable for future market demands.

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