Although plants sometimes hail from distant lands such as Asia Minor and South America, production is now frequently structured resulting in a high quality dynamic industry in some regions.
Internationally, countries in North Africa – Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt - are among the biggest exporters of medicinal plants. China continues its ancestral tradition, whilst Germany and India are also major exporting nations.
France’s regions have traditionally focused on growing beneficial plants. Regions such as the countryside around Carpentras rival Maine and the Loire country, Anjou and Provence. A clear economy has grown up in recent years around medicinal plants with innovation a key word in the sector involving research laboratories as closely as possible to agriculture as the guarantee of high production quality.