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We provide high quality Ethiopia leeks to the local and export market. We source the raw fresh Ethiopia leeks from family growers from Ethiopia.
Ethiopia leeks (a variety of Allium ampeloprasum) consists of firm leaves that resemble those of a green onion or shallot that commonly features in meals including soups. Between the years 2002 to 2004, leek production in the whole of Ethiopia, especially the southern region, according to Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) statistics stood at 1.78 million tons. They grow through irrigated fields at low to mid level-altitudes of between 700 meters to 1800 meters above sea level.
The chronological calendar of leeks dates back to Egypt where the Bible indicated the plant existed. There were also cave paintings in the country, which neighbors Ethiopia to the north, of what may have been leeks in 2000 B.C. The infamous Roman Emperor Nero used it in his soup for what he believed helped improve his voice.
We source our Ethiopia leeks from the southern area of Areka. The region enjoys diverse weather patterns to the effect that some family growers rain-feed their crops while others irrigate them. Because of the shallow root system of the crop, it is necessary for farmers to constantly add manure to enhance the crop’s productivity. We only source the produce from the smallholders with a good history of using only farmyard manure. Because of the diversity of weather in Ethiopia, we can expect harvests from different regions throughout the year.
The crops provide high energy levels of 255 kilojoules or 61 kilocalories, coming from a carbohydrate content of 14.15 kilograms. Dietary fiber content is 1.8 grams. The vitamin content is average throughout with a 10 percent supply of Vitamin A. Vitamin B6 and folate stand at 18 percent and 16 percent, respectively. The vitamin K content for improved blood clotting is available at 45 percent. The iron level is 16 percent while manganese is 23 percent for strong bone formation.
We supervise the harvesting of Ethiopia leeks to ensure that we only provide the best quality for your needs. We go for the plants whose bases have attained around half an inch in width. This is because this narrow diameter indicates the slim, tasty types. They are considerably in more demand than the rounded, onion-like bulbs of the larger types.
In Ethiopia, it is common to find the leek leaves in the marketplaces as bunches of four leaves each. We pack Ethiopia leeks in 10-pound one-third bushel cartons. We also transfer some of the produce to custom wooden crates with 4.5kg or 10 pound capacity. In certain cases we also go for bulk packaging of a dozen leaves per carton.
Before sealing the boxes we pre-cool them, then insert ice in crushed form. Our cartons or crates then undergo wire reinforcement to improve the stability of the produce even when under transportation in the poor roads of the Ethiopian farming interior.
Therefore, if you are looking forward for the best Ethiopia leeks that come from the diverse agro-climatic regions of Ethiopia, you have got the right suppliers. Our family grower sources employ only organic means of production, including the use of only approved sprays and farmyard manure as fertilizer. We deal exclusively with individual farmers and cooperatives that have Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). Our prices are among the best in the region while our quantity parameters match your exact shipping needs. You can as well start your order today. Do get in touch!
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