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Sustainability and production

Echium plantagineum is a species of Echium, a genus of the borage family of plants, native to western and southern Europe, northern Africa, and southwestern Asia. It is an annual or biennial plant, growing to 20-60 cm tall, with rough, hairy leaves and beautiful purple flowers.

Flower of Echium Plantagineum

Echium plantagineum is cultivated for us under contract with selected growers in Europe. The Echium seeds are harvested in late summer, dried and cleaned before oil extraction occurs. After extraction a rigorous refining process takes place to produce a clean, colourless and neutral tasting oil.

Bioriginal controls the Echium oil production from soil-to-oil and we stabilize the product with label-friendly natural tocopherols (non-GM).