Jojoba bushes from the west of South America

Organic jojoba oil - Peru

How jojoba plants are grown sustainably in Peru

From the jojoba plant to the cream jar: The path to the origin of our organic jojoba oil leads to Peru. There, our cultivation partner has been growing jojoba plants for over 20 years in the coastal desert southeast of Lima on an area of 1000ha. The balanced climate without frost in winter is ideal for this.
The evergreen jojoba plants Simmondsia chinensis are cultivated like hedges at intervals of a few metres. From the beginning, our supplier has focused on controlled organic cultivation of his plants. The hardy jojoba shrub needs neither pesticides nor fungicides or herbicides in the dry desert climate.

Jojoba field in Peru from our cultivation partner

The compost and fertilisers used are produced in-house according to the guidelines of organic certification, for example with microalgae as shown in the photo. A worm farm helps to produce the compost. Waste collection and separation are a matter of course on the farm.

Sustainable fertiliser made by yourself

The cuttings of the plants are also grown on the farms. The first harvest can only take place after 3-5 years. Jojoba plants are separate sexes, the pollination of the female plants is done by the wind.

Jojoba plant propagation

The plants are watered with a sparing drip irrigation system. The water comes from a partially underground river from the Andes to the coast. Thanks to the deep taproots of the jojoba plants, this counteracts the desertification of the region and ensures a positive microclimate and cloud formation.

Jojoba fruit on the tree

After the bushes have been pruned, the jojoba nuts have to be harvested. As not all plants ripen at the same time, the harvesting period stretches over several months from April to September. Each fully grown plant bears about 1000 nuts, which is about 1.3 kg.

Jojoba nuts ripe for the picking

During harvesting, the jojoba nuts are shaken from the trees and gathered together by hand and sieved and cleaned. Each fruit contains 2-3 seeds, which are then dried by the sun in hall-like tents for a few days.

Collecting the jojoba nuts

There are 140 permanent employees on the farms of our cultivation partner and up to 260 people during harvest time. The fair working conditions are confirmed by the social seal 'for life'. The employees receive, for example, health and social insurance, holidays and daily meals.

Jojoba nuts drying in the tent

Our supplier also supports a local school with materials or digital equipment and maintains the school. A canteen was set up for high school students. In addition, a scholarship is awarded to the regional agricultural school.

Support for the school from the supplier

Supply chain: From farm to oil mill

After being packed in large containers, the journey of the jojoba nuts begins: In 10 days, they are transported by container ship to the oil mill of our cultivation partner in Panama.

Jojoba nuts in a container

15 qualified employees work in the modern oil mill: they receive the seeds and press them with screw presses. The temperatures are constantly controlled to ensure gentle cold pressing. The pressing process takes about 1.5-2 hours, at the end of which the jojoba oil flows out of the mill. About one kilogram of jojoba nuts is needed for half a litre of oil.

Jojoba oil is produced with screw presses

Afterwards, the golden yellow oil is filtered several times from the vegetable residues according to the most modern standards to ensure the high quality of the oil.  Finally, it is bottled in barrels for transport.

Jojoba oil quality control

Thanks to the ideal location in Panama, our organic jojoba oil can be shipped quickly to both the Pacific and the Atlantic. The entire supply chain is transparent and traceable.

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