| Most Profitable Herb |
Answered by: Richters Staff
Question from: Truman Azul
Posted: Before April 1998
What is the most profitable (legal) herb that I can grow indoors with a small system. One that you could dry or sell fresh to gourmet restaurants?
Probably fresh basil. Don’t bother trying dried herbs you will never be able to compete with large scale field producers. But, good quality fresh basil is a problem in many areas, and if you can provide a consistent, year-round supply, you are likely to find customers.
Some additional reference material you should consult:
1) Lee Sturdivant’s book "Profits from Your Backyard Herb Garden" covers small-scale commercial fresh-cut herb production and marketing; and
2) Richters 1996 Commercial Herb Growing Conference Transcripts. Both Ian Adamson, speaking about basil production, and David Cohlmeyer, speaking about fresh-cut herbs and salad greens, have valuable tips you can apply to your nascent herb business.