Spices Herbs And Essential Oil Extracts In Uganda For Export

Uganda is a country gifted by nature. Uganda is also endowed with very good climate and soils. Most of the crops can easily sprout at any given location. When you get to spices, you will surely get most of them here in Uganda. The spices you can’t find easily else where in the world can be grown here in Uganda. 

The most common spices in Uganda include;

  • Black pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon grass
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon balm
  • Ginger and
  • Stevia.

Other spices you can buy or find in Uganda include;

  • Lemon eucalyptus
  • Spearmint
  • Lemon verbena
  • Pepper Mint (Mujaaja)
  • Cool mint
  • Melissa
  • Holy basil
  • Basil
  • Green tea
  • Chocolate mint
  • Vanilla both cured and green
  • Cardamon and
  • Coffee

Spices and essential oil extracts 

You can also acquire essential oil extracts from the various spices in Uganda. Given the good climate and good soils found here in Uganda, be sure to get the best quality of spices grown in Uganda and their extracts like oil. For example Uganda is considered to have the best quality Vanilla in the world and the only Vanilla growing country to have two harvests in a year due to its unique good climate. Coffee is also another crop you can get in Uganda with one of the best rich coffee taste and aroma!

Some of the Essential oils or Spice oil extracts you can buy from Uganda include;

  • Vanilla oil extract
  • Rosemary oil extract
  • Lemon eucalyptus oil extract
  • Stevia oil extract
  • Lemon grass oil extract
  • Lemon Verbena oil extract
  • Green tea oil extract
  • Cinnamon oil extract
  • Chocolate mint oil extract
  • Spira mint oil extract
  • Cool mint oil extract
  • Basil oil extract
  • Melissa oil extract
  • Black Castor oil extract
  • Cardamom oil extract

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So, if you are looking for spices to grow or buy for your industry or home use you can surely get them in Uganda. On the other hand, you can also get essential oil extracts from these spices in Uganda. Should you need assistance in acquiring or buying spice suckers, spices and spice oil extracts from Uganda, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Uses of spices

Since long ago, spices have been known to be used in perfumes, aromatherapy, natural remedies, embalming and even weapons (think of pepper spray). Generally speaking, spices are harvested from plants that grow in tropical regions, whereas what we commonly call "herbs" tend to hail from temperate zones.

Flavors from herbs or plants in Uganda

You can also find plants that give you flavor extracts. By this I mean you can extract flavors from a number of plants found in Uganda. Some of these plants you can find in Uganda include;

  • Lavender
  • Sage
  • Corn mint
  • Artemisia
  • Oregano
  • Pine
  • Black pepper
  • Jasmine
  • Geranium
  • Tea tree
  • Cedar
  • Neem tree
  • Citronella

All these spices and plants produce good flavors and oil extracts and  if you wish to buy or grow them, then you can surely get the seeds or suckers while in Uganda. 

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Does Uganda Export Spices and Essential Oils?

The main destination of Spices exports from Uganda are: United States, United Kingdom, Rwanda, Germany, United Arab Emirates and Netherlands.

What are the uses Essential Oils?

Beyond smelling great, essential oils can also help improve your health and mood. They are known to be used by many people through out the world due to their tremendous benefits.

Essential oils can be used in aromatherapy, a kind of complementary medicine that uses smell to improve your health or applied topically to the skin.

Research has shown that essential oils may help:

  • Boost mood
  • Improve job performance through reduced stress and increased attentiveness
  • Improve sleep
  • Kill bacteria, funguses and viruses
  • Reduce anxiety and pain
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Reduce nausea
  • Relieve headaches

What are the most expensive spices in the world?

Spices are very expensive but there are those that stand out among the rest when it comes to prices. Let's look at the most expensive spices in the world.


Saffron is the world's most expensive spice. Its price ranges from 62,000,000 Ugandan Shilling to 125,000,000 Uganda shillings per kilo, depending on the quality.

Why is saffron so expensive? That's because harvesting saffron is very labor intensive: one kilo of saffron requires 250,000 purple crocus flowers and more than 600 hours of labor.

Not only that but each crocus flower provides just three stigmas (aka saffron strands) which must be picked by hand gently. The flower blossoms twice a year so the harvesting requires exact timing, precision, and a delicate touch.

This golden spice of inimitable flavor is produced in Spain and Italy but the world's most renowned variety comes from Iran. Uganda hasn’t ventured so much in saffron though it would grow very well in the northern part of Uganda and also may be in the far eastern part of the country where features of semi-arid areas are found.


The world's second most expensive spice is vanilla. While it originated in Mexico vanilla is famously cultivated in Madagascar, other islands in the Indian Ocean and Uganda.

Of course, its price doesn't compare to the outlandish cost of saffron but vanilla will set you back a few dollars. The price of this fragrant spice depends on where it was cultivated and how it is sold (extract, whole bean or seeds). For instance, vanilla extract can cost anywhere from $6 an ml to $70 for a litre.

Of late many farmers in Uganda have taken on to grow vanilla which flourishes well in almost many parts of the country due to the good weather conditions and climate.

 Click here to read about how to grow vanilla in Uganda


While it is less expensive than saffron and vanilla, cardamom is by no means a cheap spice. Known as the Queen of Indian Spices, cardamom sells for 250,000,000 Ugandan Shilling per kilogram.

Cardamom is a tropical plant native to Southern India and also cultivated in Madagascar. There are two varieties: brown and green, with the latter possessing the delicate aroma reminiscent of perfume.

Brown cardamom has an earthier flavor with a pleasant smokiness. Both are excellent for preparing Masala chai but green cardamom is especially delicious in desserts.

Just like vanilla, cardamom has long been used by the cosmetic industry.

Read about how to grow cardamon in Uganda here

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