Lavender - Grignan
The Lavender is a real or original species, while Lavandin is a hybrid resulting from the crossing of Lavender and Aspic. Lavender can be cultivated or wild, while Lavandin is not found in the wild. The altitude also plays a big role in the differentiation between the two species: while Lavandin grows at all altitudes, true Lavender only grows from 600 meters, never below.
The essential oil of lavender, used in aromatherapy perfume is finer, softer, almost round. Lavender keeps all its therapeutic properties, while the essence of Lavandin has a more pungent odor, much more « camphor » and is hardly ever used in pharmacopoeia.
It takes 100 to 120 kg of straw (flowers and stems) to obtain 1 kg of golden yellow oil Lavender and 3 kg for Lavandin.
The AOP « Essential oils of lavender from Haute-Provence » was established in 1981 to fight against the competition. It identifies the production as being of very high quality.
The Drôme Provençale and the Diois offer exceptional lavender landscapes in summer.