That is actually very simple. Yet we don’t make it easy; we pay attention to the very best quality and to as gentle a production process as possible. For instance, for nettles, the first harvest is thrown away because it contains so many toxins from the soil. Only the second harvest is suitable for Drapal products.
1. The first nettle harvest is discarded, since it contains too many toxins from the soil. However the second harvest is suitable for Drapal products and is cut early in the morning, right after sunrise, then immediately delivered to us.
2. After initial quality control, the nettles are picked by hand and cleaned with clear spring water from the Untersberg.
3. Afterwards the leaves are left to dry on a stainless steel frame and put in a stainless steel boiler to blanch. This breaks open the cells.
4. The nettle leaves are then layered on sheets and pressed at around 300 bar. The extracted plant sap is nettle essence. This undergoes quality inspection and is carefully pasteurised.
5. This nettle extract is put into sterilised bottles under vacuum, providing an air-tight seal, then these bottles are labelled.
6. Before the nettle extract reaches pharmacies, dispensaries and health food stores, it has to be stored for four weeks and then is checked once again.