|Farm Partner since:||1992|
Certified Organic Agriculture
|Specialities:||cofounded by Gehard Benz, former purchasing manager|
The holy valley of the incas
Certified Wild Harvest
In 1988, PRIMAVERA’s former purchasing manager Gerhard Benz co-founded the Peruvian organic cultivation project IEPLAM. Today the NGO is known as AROMA INCA and has expanded from an initial group of 50 members to more than 250 local member farms. In addition to their own food crops like maize, potatoes and grains, they cultivate and distill organic aromatic plants for PRIMAVERA such as jojoba, lemon verbena, myrtle and rosewood.
PRIMAVERA owns a distillery in the town of Pisac, not far from the former Inca capital Cusco. Here we produce premium essential oils, capturing the magical scents of the clear Andean air and the uniquely fresh fragrances of the mountains.
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“Already at times of the Incas, this region was a well-known and advanced cultivation area, thanks to its fertile ground and temperate climate. Cultural-historical sites of the Incas, impressive terrace arrangements and motley South American Indigenous villages stamp the scenery.”
Gerhard BenzFormer Purchasing Manager
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Known as "cedron" or "cedroncillo" by the Spaniards and "huamanseco" in the language of the Native Indians, the verbena is exclusively found in “the holy valley of the Incas”, where it flourishes in an altitude of 2700 to 2900 metres (around 9000 feet). Farmers and families collect the wild herbs by hand.
Myrtle is an ancient shrub with many mythological connotations. It is said to symbolize the power of life and a deep transcendent love beyond the boundaries of life and death. The essential oil is often applied to relieve respiratory health issues.