Why Bitterroot Flowers Still Makes an Impact in Salisbury
WASHINGTON — It’s a good day for bitterroot flowers.
On the day the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its latest crop data for 2017, the U,S.
flower trade in bitterroot was up 1% from last year, the agency said Thursday.
That’s a slight bump over the 1% increase in 2016, when the plant accounted for 11% of all US floral exports.
The USDA says that means the number of bitterroot growers in the U.-S.
rose by 2.8% over the past year.
More growers will likely follow in 2017, with the NASS reporting that some $15 billion worth of bitterroots will be sold in 2017.
In the meantime, the flowers are still making an impact in a town where the plant was once common.
A local tea shop that serves tea and sweet drinks is also known as the bitterroot town.
Its owners, Rachael and Bill Miller, have grown bitterroots since they were teenagers, selling them at local fairs and other events.
Bitterroot has long been a favorite of southern New Englanders and their neighbors in the Carolinas, who say it is milder than the native plants and is easier to grow.
“We think it’s great that the market is booming,” Rachae Miller said.
But bitternessroot is also a perennial that thrives in dry conditions, so the market for the flower is in the balance.
Miller said the growers are doing their best to make up the difference.
I’m a little bit of a picky grower.
I’ll put out some flowers and then when I’m done, I’ll have to go get a different flower.
My shop is on a lot of my favorite farms and my customers say I put out a lot more than they expected.
It is tough for me to sell flowers that I’m not used to.
So, I’m trying to get a little extra out of it.
But I’m just going to keep growing as best I can, said Miller.
We are getting a little better in the southern part of the country.
I think we’re still in a little early years, so we have some ways to go before we’re really at the peak of it, said the plant’s owner, Rachella Miller.
The harvest is in full swing.
Some of the floral varieties are selling for as much as $5,000 per kilo, while others are selling at less than $1,000.
Even so, Miller said the harvest has been “good for the plant.”
The harvest of bitterrose, or bitterroot, has been good for the plants, said Rachaea Miller, owner of the bitterroots tea shop, Bitterroots.
They’re doing a really good job of growing.
And, I think people are really looking forward to what the future holds.
They really want to see what’s coming up, said Lisa Doss, the Nass research director.
This is a new market, and we are just seeing more growers.
At the fairgrounds, the floral variety that’s selling best is the perennial variety called Cucumber.
It has a more mild flavor, and its flowers look really pretty.
But some people say the flowers taste bitter and bitterroot is bitter.