How our plants are being processed?Koen
Processing Brazilian Herbs like Espinheira santa starts with carefully picking the leaves. It’s possible to harvest year-round, though during the heaviest rainfalls (June-July) farmers prefer not to harvest at all — allowing the plants to replenish.
The picked leaves are uniformly spread on a flat surface indoor allowing them to dry and wither. A farmer tosses and shifts the leaves to ensure even exposure, and stimulate circulation in the leaves, in order to induce uniform dehydration. After a certain withering level is achieved, the oxidation of the leaves is stopped.
Afterwards, the leaves are rolled into their desired shape, followed by further drying to ‘fix’ their shapes. This takes about 20 days but varies from farmer to farmer. Then the leaves are dried and stored in baskets. Storage in loose leaves inside frail baskets is more common though, as it allows for better air circulation.
Plants are processed and grown in a variety of ways, depending on the type of a herb desired.
As a result of these methods, maximum amounts of useful substances are retained, giving maximum benefits.