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Tanzania snow peas (Pisum sativum var. saccharatum) or snap pea is the immature pea crop whose pods are edible.  Their French term, ‘mangetout’ describes their nature as possible to eat without discarding any part. The local name for the produce in Swahili is njegere kijani. Tanzania is the third leading exporter in East Africa after Kenya and Uganda for this produce. Growers of the crop mainly come from the Arusha and Moshi regions which are near the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. The legume prefers sub-tropical and temperate environments, and that is why it thrives in Asia, Western Australia, France and African countries like Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Ethiopia.

The origin of the vegetable is Europe just over 2000 years ago. The native home of the snow pea was the southern parts of the European mainland. The Romans cultivated about thirty-seven varieties in the mild climate of the Mediterranean. Because of its outstanding ability to survive cold spells, it got the name attribute of ‘snow.’ The naming may also have derived from the fact that the plant’s green pods sometimes show a whitish color when under the exposure of light.

Consumption of snow peas is leeway to health: the legume has 72% of the daily requirements of vitamin C for boosting immunity. The level of iron for oxygen transportation in blood stands at 16%. Phosphorous, manganese, calcium and magnesium, all for bone and teeth health improvement stand at 8%, 12%, 4% and 7% of their daily values respectively. There is also a zinc proportion of 3% per serving, which is essential for breaking down starch and healing wounds. At 200 milligrams, the potassium level for blood pressure control is equal to 4% per serving. Thiamine, pantothenic acid, and vitamin K represent 13%, 15% and 24% of their daily requirements, respectively.

We source Tanzania snow peas from the Kilimanjaro region of the country. Our sources in Arumeru in Arusha grow the cash crop under cooperative farming. They produce it in a mixture of modern and traditional farming methods. Current means include the use of furrowed land with smart rows while traditional ones include the use of manure for soil enrichment. The farmers keep their yields pure by minimal or no use of pesticides.

We harvest Tanzania snow peas about 54 days from the date of planting for the early maturing crop.  The other varieties are usually ready after at least four months from the seeding stage. We go for pods that are slightly bulging but still flat and snap them off the step carefully. We leave any plump pod which will go on to become a garden pea due to the presence of maturing seeds.

We immediately pre-cool the pods of Tanzania snow peas as soon as possible to keep the aroma and extend the shelf life. Incidentally, cooling overcomes the tendency for the crop to lose its weight by 2.2 percent. This can happen every 120 minutes if the pods stay at room temperature for long. For this reason, we remove any pod that may have accidentally stayed in the sun for some time as it spoils fast.

We pack Tanzania snow peas in produce boxes weighing 4.5 kilograms. Sometimes we wrap the produce into twenty bundles per vented flat box in polymethylpentene, a polythene film that hydrates the pods. We reinforce the ventilation of the telescopic cartons with vents at the top sides. We also feature top ice to maintain the low temperature that pre-cooling may have already initiated. We attach produce labels on each package inclusive of the name of the podded pea, the net weight per carton and the country of origin.

Our storage conditions for Tanzania snow peas are similar to those of other podded legumes at 0 to 5 degrees Celsius. This controlled temperature gives the legume a shelf life of 2 weeks.  We transport the produce via our special vans that feature refrigeration on board. The journey from Dar-es-Salaam’s airport to your city takes the space of a day or two from the departure date.

We are thus quite well equipped to offer year-round supplies of Tanzania snow peas. Our family growers work in cooperatives that enable them to acquire Global Good Agricultural Practices licenses. This is why they forgo chemical sprays, a step that makes their crop to have less than 0.01 percent of residual levels. Tied to quality is our quantity parameter which we maximize by drawing from diverse farmers in northern Tanzania who not only grow the legume responsibly but in surplus. Our sources also come from backgrounds with long-term familiarization with the crop, making them organic growth experts. We source the produce from them and offer it to you at affordable prices that we adjust to the market rates. This is why you should make an order today!

 


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