Top 10 Profitable Spices to Grow

| 3/18/2013 11:10:15 AM

I want to share with you the top 10 profitable spices to grow for your farm.  But first, let me share what the most expensive spices that you can buy are.


The most expensive spices in the world are considered to be Saffron, Cardamom and Pure Vanilla beans.  Saffron being the most expensive due to high labor cost.

  • Saffron sell for approximately $1,000 per pound!
  • Cardamon sells for $60 per pound in the pod, but $100 per pound ground up.
  • Then the third most costly spice that I could find is Pure Vanilla Beans.  Pure vanilla will sell between $50 and $200 per pound.

That is just the bean!  Even though these spices are the most expensive does not mean that they will be profitable for you to grow.  They are labor intensive to harvest and where would you sell them?

One of my trusted sources for finding  profitable spices to grow

I have shared how the top 10 profitable spices to grow for profitable small scale farming is an important part of growing.  I read articles by Craig Wallin quite a bit.  His website is Profitable   I have also grown many of the herbs and spices that he shares.  I wanted to share his views of the ten most profitable spices to grow, because they are my pick also.  Except for catnip,  I am sure that it is great, but I am a bit of a dog lover.  I have a mental block about catnip.  All the rest I use and grow myself.  Thank you Craig for your article!

1. Basil. Basil tops the list at number on of the top 10 profitable spices to grow.   Basil is a very tender plant and should be kept indoors until there is no danger of frost. Growing basil starts in plug trays can work great for basil. Expect to be selling lots of these, so keep the fresh plants coming.

2. Chives. Standard chives are a steady seller. These will start to germinate after a week or so. And unlike basil, these can actually do quite well in cooler weather.

Bevy Armstrong
3/19/2013 5:13:43 PM

these are herbs, not spices. :)

Meg with Modern Roots
3/19/2013 1:56:13 PM

Hey Chris- I am starting some of my herbs this week and am pleased to see most of my herbs are on this list! Do you find that people at Farmer's Markets prefer fresh or dried or both? I planned on drying them and selling that way but I guess why not sell fresh too :)

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