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We provide high quality Ethiopia haricot beans to the local and export market. We source the raw fresh Ethiopia haricot beans from family growers from Ethiopia.
Ethiopia haricot beans (Phaseolus) are some of the most important legumes for combating food insecurity in the densely populated southwestern region of Ethiopia. It is popular with mainly poor farmers who grow it for food and as a cash crop. Its origin is the Americas, from where it spread to Africa before finding modernized cultivation in Europe. Nowadays, bean planting, as a whole, thrives in the Rift Valley whose climatic and geological formation enables farmers to grow the legumes up to the southern borderline with Kenya.
The main characteristics of the Ethiopia haricot bean is its white skin when dry. It is tinier than the other common red beans. Its shape is oblong with a little bit of flattened out dicotyledonous area. Other than eating fresh, the main commercial use of the haricot is canning. They can store for long without losing much of their nutrition.
The haricot bean is the biggest producer of phosphatidylserine, among all plants. This extra-nutrient prevents cell degeneration and is a common component in the treatment against degenerative diseases like alzheimer’s. The white bean is also rich in protein, at 22.33 grams. The fat content is 1.5 grams, mainly unsaturated, while dietary fiber is 24 grams per serving. Starch is high at 60.8 grams per cup.
We source Ethiopia haricot beans from the heart of the Rift Valley across the western and southern regions of the country. Our main farming sources are the woredas of the southwest who farm seeds from non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Most family growers in the area harvest between 0.5 to 1 ton of these legumes per hectare. Each family has an average plot of land of between 1 to 1.5 hectares where it grows beans among other crops.
We ensure that the harvesting takes place in a single day for fast storage and later shipping. Our family grower sources use phytosanitary means including wearing farm gloves when splitting open the dry pods holding the haricot beans from Ethiopia. We then place the spotless, white beans in baskets when they are full dry for transportation to the packing shed. We dry the still fresh seeds on screens inside a dry but cool warehouse environment for removing excess moisture in a few days. We retain the recommended moisture level of less than 14 percent.
Before packing, we sort the healthy beans from the damaged ones. The damaged ones include those that are split, are bloated with water, or have lost color from exposure. We also remove any foreign particles including rock sediments before finally grading them. We follow the Ethiopian Standard ES 18: 2001 which specifies, among other stipulations, a moisture content of 14 percent maximum and a maximum damaged content per shipment of only 3 percent.
We pack Ethiopia haricot beans in packages of 15 pounds (approx.7 kilos) per half a bushel produce box. We also offer the produce in larger packages of between 11 and 14 kilograms per produce box. Sometimes the packaging box can be a wooden crate or carton with proper film linings inside.
Transportation of Ethiopia beans takes place on special carting vehicles from the farm. We screen them from rain to ensure they keep dry from harvesting to the shipment date.
If you are eager to lay hands on high quality fresh Ethiopia haricot beans, you have the right sourcing partners. We source our pulses from the heart of the Rift Valley where family growers join cooperatives to get Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certifications. Our prices are very competitive and reflect the market conditions. If you are eager to avail the best shipment at the right tonnage, do get in touch today. Make an order while you are at it!
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