The Saw Palmetto plant grows mainly in Florida, in the southeast of the USA. Sabal serrulata, the Latin name for American Saw Palm, is found to the north of the Everglades, where the climate is hot and dry.
Our experience has shown that the most effective means of obtaining a good, healthy crop of Saw Palmetto is to carefully select a natural cultivation and devote time and energy in ensuring that the wild palms have room to grow and are not overgrown by the forest or other plants.
To this end, A.Vogel has fenced off about one square kilometre of fields far away from industrial areas and citrus plantations which could be a source of contamination. The berries are harvested only in this organically grown area which is checked by officials (soil samples) several times a year.
At our plantations, each Saw Palm bears between 50 and 100 berries. When the fruit is ripe, berries are hand-picked in searing temperatures ranging from 35 to 42 degrees centigrade.
The harvest is culled, cleaned and stored in dryers within 24 hours. This preserves the freshness of the fatty acids in the berries to provide the highest possible potency. Finally the Saw Palmetto berries are placed in capsules rather than tablets in order to further protect the vital fatty acid content.
Considering the high risk of contamination by pesticides and herbicides used in the omnipresent citrus groves of Florida, choosing an organic Saw Palmetto extract is fundamental.