Fam Fact: Commercial herb production in Florida

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ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)-- Commercial herb production in Florida is conducted by approximately two dozen small or single-person operations. The most popular herbs grown are Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Mint, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme. Although Herbs are a product of Florida Agriculture, the value and production estimates are not tracked by state or federal agencies. Herb acreage in Florida is less than 500 acres in total and is distributed between the greenhouse and field-grown plants. A variety of herbs can be grown throughout the state, but commercial production is concentrated in the southern portion due to the benefit of higher year-round temperatures. There is also some production in the northern part of the state. Cultivation generally occurs throughout the year between late September and May.