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In Tuscany on a botanical trip with Bombay Sapphire, we learned how the orris root is grown and processed to use in the gin. 

Iris beneath olive trees Orris Root Harvest Tuscany with Bombay Sapphire_tn

Orris root is the rhizome of the Iris flower. Here in Tuscany they are grown on sloping hills between rows of olive trees. Nice space.

Iris flower 7 Orris Root Harvest Tuscany with Bombay Sapphire_tn

These iris flowers are not grown for their beauty, unlike other iris varieties, but for the quality of their rhizomes.

Ivano hold roots Orris Root Harvest Tuscany with Bombay Sapphire_tn

The rhizomes are bulbs on the base of the plants. Skinny roots shoot off the rhizomes. These are cut off. 

Replanted iris Orris Root Harvest Tuscany with Bombay Sapphire_tn

The plant tops, with a tiny portion of the rhizome attached, are replanted. 

Peeling closeup Orris Root Harvest Tuscany with Bombay Sapphire_tn

The orris is then hand peeled. 

Pweeling orris root 7 Orris Root Harvest Tuscany with Bombay Sapphire_tn

Dried peeled Orris Root Harvest Tuscany with Bombay Sapphire_tn

Then it is left out to dry in the sun.

Later it is aged. The floral aspect comes out only after this, when it is extracted into gin or perfume. 

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