Cathy Isom tells you about some valuable crops you might want to consider growing. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
Some of the most valuable crops in the world may be grown outside the United States. But, there are a handful of big money-making crops that can be grown here, too. For example, Saffron, it’s the most expensive culinary herb in the world, selling for $5,000 to $10,000 per pound. Roughly 50,000 flowers are needed to produce a pound of the dried herb, though this requires just a quarter acre of land.
“Wild-simulated” ginseng, has emerged as a popular, and profitable, alternative to true wild ginseng: it sells for $300 to $700 per pound.
There’s also Lavender. Profitableplantsdigest.com reports that one eight-acre lavender farm in the Northwest grosses more than $1 million per year from its various lavender products. But the simplest way to sell lavender is as dried flower bouquets. A one-acre planting can produce about 12,000 bouquets per year, which are worth $10 each or more on the retail market.
Goji Berries is a “superfood” is grown primarily in China, but the plant is equally well-adapted in North America. Dried organic goji berries regularly sell for $20 or more per pound, and even higher at farmer’s markets.
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