In May and June, residents of Bulgaria’s so-called Rose Valley harvest the landscape’s roses, filling baskets with magnificent pink and red petals, which are then distilled and turned into rose oil for the cosmetic industry. Bulgaria produces the bulk of the world’s supply.
When you consider that it takes approximately 2,000 to 4,000 kgs. (4,000 – 8,000 pounds) of rose petals to make 1kg (2.2 pounds) of rose oil, it’s no surprise that rose oil is one of the most expensive oils in the world.
Though we missed this year’s rose harvest by just a few weeks, we’ve still been savoring the sight of beautiful blooms in the gardens of homeowners in Kalofer, a tiny town in the central part of Bulgaria.
Where in the World?
- For more information about Bulgaria and its annual rose harvest, see the Bulgarian National Tourism Board site, keeping in mind that the city of Kazanlak is generally considered the center of the action.
- Need more inspiration? This link contains an index of all my posts from Bulgaria.
- Do you like collages? From windows of the world, to fancy horse tails and delectable Spanish appetizers, take a peek at my collage series.
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