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We provide high quality Ethiopian kales to the local and export market. We source the raw fresh Ethiopian kales from family growers in the country.
Brassica carinata, common as Ethiopian Kale or mostaza Etiope is a kale variety that is native to the East African highlands. Its origin points to Abyssinia around 6000 years ago. Like other kale types, it comes short of forming a head with its leaves as the cabbage does. Its purposes are dual. The main one is to provide oil seeds for processing, while the immediate purpose is for the consumption of the tender developing leaves as a source of mainly vitamins. Local people boil the fresh leaves or eat them as fried stew. Its main nutrition is Vitamin C, which is among the highest in green vegetables at 200 percent of the daily value. Potassium and calcium minerals are the second highest values at around 15 percent, each.
It grows in the highland areas of the country at elevations of above 2600 meters. We source ours from family growers in the mountainous southwestern parts of Ethiopia. Though it is preferential to these high altitudes, the plant does better in dry weather but with drip irrigation than under extreme cold. This is also the period when there is little incidence of infection from flying insects and boring pests. The plant can avail harvests either once per year or biennially. It develops to about 150 centimeters high, with characteristic veined leaves that have sawed edges that look like small teeth though they are only visible when one is close by. The plant us usually green like common kale.
Because of its oil content, farmers also cultivate the Ethiopian kale for processing purposes. It contains around 25 to 45 percent of natural oil from its dry seeds. The only other edible part are the young shoots that may be toxic if left to remain on the ground for too long.
Our export quality Ethiopian kales come through hand selection. Only the healthiest leaves are plucked, awaiting the next buds to develop for the next harvest. The green leaves then undergo transportation to the warehouse for wrapping under airtight polyethylene material until they are ready for shipment.
Our farmers harvest Ethiopian kales in two methods. The first one is as young developing shoots that provide nutritious vitamins, usually at 1 month and five days after planting. We then clean the leaves for resale in the local markets including Addis Ababa. The supply of the leaves lasts for ten consecutive weeks due to the fast sprouting of the secondary unharvested buds of the plant.
The second method is that of converting seeds into oil. It takes family growers about 60 days after planting to harvest the dry pods containing the seeds. They then go into drying mats away from the direct sun to ensure that they do not shrink from water loss. The next step is the threshing of the seeds for keeping until they can begin their processing into oil.
This winter green plant that thrives at 15 to 20 degrees celsius also calls for equally pre-cooled packing. We keep the kales within the transportation boxes in polyethylene covers at 0° Celsius. The tall, clean, young ears usually undergo tying by custom binding material in three leaves per bunch. Sometimes rubber bands also serve the purpose of tying the bunches. We usually select Grade 1 which is the most healthy and Grade 2 with the moderately healthy leaves.
You can avail our Ethiopian kales with the guarantee of high quality and competitive prices. We only source the produce from the most strategic farms in the country, with a record of no chemical sprays. You can be assured to receive the shipment within one to two days depending on your part of the world. Talk to us today or make an order!
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