Rosa Damascena blossoms under the specific climatic and geographical conditions of southern Turkey’s Isparta region. Renowned for its fine and fresh fragrance, it has a bushy form with numerous stems and 3 to 9 blossoms on each thorny stem.
There are very few locations in the world, where growing conditions are ideal for Rosa Damascena. The climatic characteristics of Isparta, such as temperature, rainfall, humidity and light as well as the geographical location, provide suitable conditions for growing the highest quality of roses in the world.
Each year, on around 20,000 acres of land, almost 10,000 tons of oil-bearing rose blossoms are produced. Nearly 10,000 families earn their living by growing roses.
Rosa Damascena blossoms only during the month of May. Isparta has been home to Rosa Damascena since 1889. The 130 year old hand pick harvest tradition is still practiced.
With so many advances in technology, it is easy to lose track of the tried-and-true methods that have been in practice for thousands of years. To preserve the perfection of nature, we tend, pick and sort our crops by hand.
The floral water is obtained by the steam distillation of fresh plant material. Unlike reconstituted products with “essential oil or other compositions added to water”, it contains all the beneficial natural components that this sublime flower has to offer. It takes approximately 4.000 kilograms of roses, hand picked before the sunrise, to produce just one kilo of pure rose oil in an incredibly labour intensive process.