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We provide high quality Ethiopia avocados to the local and export market. We source Ethiopia avocados from family growers in the country.
With an origin in Central American and Caribbean islands, the avocado (persea Americana) is a staple diet in many fruit-loving cultures around the world. Ethiopia avocados began in earnest in the year 1979. Before that period, the currently famous southwestern-producing belt did not have farmers of the fruit nor the clients. The first governmental orchards in the area spread rapidly after 1979 to new areas, including Tepi and Gera in this bypass of the Great Rift Valley. To date, the avocado commands 75 percent of the total fruit acreage in the area.
In Ethiopia, avocado grows in the Bicolo and West Gojjam regions. The other areas include Bahir Dar alongside Butajira , where most of the farming models are small-scale. The volcano environment of this part of the country, especially in the Rift Valley, provides the best nutritional requirements for the avocado’s growth. In 2016, around 8938ha of the total land in Ethiopia cultivated the crop but the small acreage has been improving, steadily.
We source our fruit from family growers who plant at least 8 trees in a hectare alongside other crops, including tea or coffee. With each tree bearing around 195 kilos of fruits, the avocado has proven to be a source of income for small-scale farmers in the south-western volcanic belt.
We export five different types of avocado, principally hass, the most important fruit in the southwest. Its season is the Ethiopian rainy season of May to October. It is characterized by a darkish purple hue and has a sumptuous flavor that belies its smooth external skin. Fuerte is our export number two. Also available between May and October, each year, the fruit is a hybrid of two Central American cultivars. The Ethiopia fuerte has a smooth green skin and nut-like taste.
The other variety is Ettinger, which looks exactly like fuerte, only that it is available for a short duration of between April and August. Nabal, a very exceptional fruit that is not easy to spot in many orchards, is notable for its yellowish green hue and delicious flesh. It is accessible between May and October. The only variety that is outside the prime season is Pinkerton, which looks like a pear. It bears a simple fruit with plenty of pulp and tiny stone. It is available between December to April. In short, all Ethiopia avocados are available seasonally and if you do not go for variety, you may get the fruits throughout the year.
Though the fruit faces challenges such as overgrowth, pest and wilt diseases, farmers utilize organic means of control. This means that our exports have less than 0.01 of the minimum residual levels (MRLs).
The timing of avocado picking in Ethiopia is when the fruit loses its bright green color. Though in fuerte the color does not change much, at least farmers notice the loss of the bloom. In some other varieties, farmers spot some brownish stains on the fruit’s skin, which make them dull-looking.
The marketing of Ethiopia avocados takes place in local reseller markets. Here farmers bring the fruits while retailers purchase them for either export or sale in Addis Ababa and other cities.
With our model, we source directly from the farmers to ensure quality and quantity parameters. We use our well-trained staff to collect the fruits from the dispatch points after inspection at the firm en-route to the factory for processing. During the packing, we ensure that all our Ethiopia avocados are blemish-free. This ensures that the hass variety can keep under proper unripened condition for at least eight months in its cold room preservation in the destination market without deteriorating.
Before the transportation to the port, we follow international packing rules. The first one is hydro-cooling the fruits inside the warehouse, especially at night, to reduce the farm heat the fruit gathers during a sunny harvest in the Ethiopian highlands. Our team then washes the fruits through a sanitized trough or washing pass where water is removed and blemishes are cleaned out. The next step is the selection and grading of the fruits. Only healthy, firm varieties go into the box while the weak ones are quarantined so that they do not affect the rest. The next step is bulk or crate packing depending on the size of the shipment. For air shipment, we also use tray packs for convenient airborne delivery.
If you are looking forward to the best hass or fuerte Ethiopia avocados, drop us a line and we will give you a memorable service. The country has been exporting the fruits to neighboring Somalia and the Middle-east, without any hindrance. You can expect from us the best prices for quality fruits from only Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)-certified farmers. Make an order today!
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