TO CREATE THE WORLD’S BEST ROSE PRODUCTS, ROSADOLI STICKS TO CENTURY-OLD TRADITIONS
In Bulgaria, the rose blossoms of the Rose begin to bloom around the third week of May, and will continue for three or four weeks depending upon climatic conditions. The yield of oil can be dramatically affected by the prevailing weather conditions - for example during very hot and dry weather the harvest may last only two weeks and the yield of the oil is lowered due to loss by evaporation. Conversely, during mild and humid weather the harvest time can be extended whilst at the same time increasing the oil yield.
The harvesting season starts as soon as the flowers begin to open and continues until all the roses have been gathered. The blossoms are still collected by hand same as back in the days, and are nipped just below the calyx (the green, outer protective cover). Collection begins at sunrise when the oil yield is at its highest, and should be completed by 10am whilst the dew is still on the flowers. Rosadoli’s local staff are rigorously trained, the amount of rose blossoms collected daily by one worker is about 20-25 kg, 30 kg may only be picked by a very skilled hand. The flowers are gathered by holding the petals with three fingers and gently lifting up the blossom before picking it off. The flowers are initially placed into baskets, and then immediately transferred to sacks for transportation to the factory.