Growing Swiss Alps Herbs Commercially
Answered by: Conrad Richter
Question from: Ivan Buioni
Posted on: February 9, 2001

I’m living in Switzerland and I’m interested to start production of herbs for pharmaceutical or perfumery utilization. Would you please let me know which are the most requested typical Swiss Alps Herbs, and which are the ones that you consider the most attractive or interesting to start a business?

Some of the more important alpine herbs are arnica (Arnica montana), edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum), and yellow gentian (Gentiana lutea). There are many other alpine herbs both Swiss and from elsewhere which could be considered. Roseroot and maralroot are possibilities, as is Chinese or Turkey rhubarb.

Do you know by chance somebody already involved in this kind of business in Switzerland, that can be contacted?

Richters has a policy of not releasing names of its customers and clients. This policy was implemented because of privacy concerns.

We suggest that you contact your local agriculture office for names of herb growers in your area. Many governments are now tracking the commercial herb industry and are working with growers more than ever.

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