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The air was heavy with the aroma of peppermint as combines swept up and down fields of cut mint. When it’s the right shade of green, Tulelake farmer Scott Seus knows he has a good crop.
“I tell them I’m sending $100 bills,” he said.
Seus and his men worked last week getting the first cutting done and to its buyer. But unlike most mint growers in the Basin who distill their crop into oil, Seus isn’t sending his mint to a distillery.
Instead, this first cutting of mint will go to a German company and made into mint tea. The rigors and demands of conforming to the regulations necessary of an international market and an uncommon crop can be trying, but are worth it in the end, Seus said.
Mint became a more common sight in the Basin
after it was first grown in the mid-1990s. Today,
Rich Roseberg with the Klamath Experiment Station
said there are an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 acres
of cultivated mint in the Basin
with a dozen growers and
three oil distilleries.
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