Methods of Harvesting and Drying Kratom
Are you a fan of Kratom? You may understand how the taste is, but have you ever questioned how the Kratom you’re consuming is formed and ends up on your hand?
Perhaps you know that kratom powder is made from the dried leaves of the Kratom tree. However, aren’t you curious as to how the farmer collects the leaves from the trees and delivers them to you? How much time does it take to make dry kratom? This is what this article will go through.
This article will discuss how Kratom leaves are harvested and how they are dried. Let us simply discuss it.
HARVESTING KRATOM LEAVES
There are several varieties of kratom leaves. It is always dependent on the soil type, ambient conditions, and a variety of other elements in the area where the Kratom is planted. Those factors are the reasons why you sometimes find different kratom leaves in the market. Some leaves may look wider, greener and so on. These factors slightly affect its size, color and chemical composition. Even the color of Kratom leaves can vary owing to differing processing methods.
Kratom leaves may be harvested three times a year by cautiously plucking the branches of the wood. The tree will cease producing leaves if it is damaged. So, you need to be very careful in this process. Otherwise, it will negatively affect your income. Kratom can first be harvested when it is 6 months to 1 year old. You must be skilled at selecting ready-to-harvest leaves.
Harvest time also depends on the final product you want. This is due to the fact that it will alter the chemical makeup of the leaves. That’s why Kratom farmers must be trained. Trained farmers will know when to harvest leaves at the right time for the right purpose.
DRYING AND PROCESSSING
Before being packaged and shipped, the Kratom leaves that have been picked need to be dried and processed. There are several ways to dry the leaves, depending on the type of product you want.
Usually, farmers will spread kratom leaves on a large shelf. These shelves are then installed indoors, outdoors, or a combination of the two. The alkaloid content of the dried leaves is affected by how they are dried.
The composition of the alkaloids will affect the kratom strain. hat is why the drying process is critical. The quantity of alkaloids in dried Kratom is mostly determined by how much sunshine penetrates it.
The drying stage cannot be completed just by sunshine; it must be supplemented by an extended UV exposure duration or fermentation. This alters the composition of the alkaloids in Kratom leaves.
Those are some stages of harvesting and drying Kratom leaves until you can finally enjoy them. You may find other methods out there. That’s what makes each Kratom unique and different.