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We provide high-quality Rwanda carrots to the local and export markets. We source the raw fresh Rwanda carrots from family growers in the country.
Rwanda carrot (Daucus Carta) or ikaroti in Kinyarwanda is next to the tomato, one of the most popular salad-making vegetables. It has famous and almost mythical vitamin A/beta carotene content despite the margin being lower than that of green leaves like kales. The tapered root supplies 1.04 times of the daily needs of the eyesight-improving nutrient. The plant itself has thin, threaded leaves with a light green color. Though most are orange-tinted, the Asian variety bears a purple root. The main growing areas in Rwanda are all in the northwest in Nyarihu and Rubavu. The country has a production capacity of 14.4 tons per hectare, using 2008 margins.
The original home of the carrot was in Afghanistan around 3000 B.C. This was the date when the tuber vegetable dispersed to other parts of Central Asia and then across the world. The earliest Asian types were purple, while other parts of the globe produced orange and white-colored variations.
Eating carrots provide the body with a ready source of vitamin A at 104 percent of the daily needs. The beta-carotene margin which aids in vision issues is 77 percent in each serving. The margin of immunity-giving vitamin C is 7 percent of the daily requirements. The proportion of dietary fiber is 2.8 grams while carbohydrates are 9.6 grams per serving. The energy margins in the root crop are 173 kilojoules, most of which is beneficial when taken from a raw carrot.
We source our Rwanda carrots from the northwestern parts of this land of a thousand hills. We only contact family growers with an average of 0.5 hectares which they tend after with farmyard compost. They use intercropping as the best way to eradicate host pests rather than harmful chemical sprays.
We harvest two types of Rwanda carrots: baby carrots and mature roots. For the first, we wait for seven weeks before we uproot the developed early tubers. Our experienced team uses shovels to spade out the topsoil and then tip off the tuber by hand. For mature carrots, we wait for the next 2 ½ months after the planting date. Our workers look for crops with a shoulder ‘hump’ that measures more than 1 inch across. The basketful of each harvested tuber then goes to the packing shed for sorting and packing.
Sorting involves thorough washing using soft brushes and purified water and finally rinsing. We retain unstained pieces with no sign of disease for the market. Any softened, discolored or bruised pieces remain behind.
We pack Rwanda carrots in two methods. The first one begins with bunching. At least six bunches of many roots in natural fiber-bound plastic sleeves go into packing. We place the sleeves in cartons of 1 1/8th bushel size. We put top ice in each package to maintain freshness.
The second method of packing Rwanda carrots is the loose option. Also known as the bulk packing, this option is right for multi-ton shipments that require ample space. Despite being ‘bulk,’ we nevertheless use a lot of care to pack the pieces in polyethylene-lined wax cartons that have a capacity for 14 kilograms. There are bigger packages however of 22.68 kilograms’ capacity. We place top ice in each of the side-vented boxes for transit cooling. Our self-adhesive produce labels indicate the source, net weight, and the packing date.
We store Rwanda carrots temporarily in our cold room in well-ventilated, cool and dry conditions. We transport the packed produce to the airport in Kigali on the same day via our refrigerated vehicles. Give or take, the cargo will arrive at your destination in the next 24 to 48 hours after dispatch.
As a result, you get natural produce that is crunchy perfect when eaten raw and sumptuous as a salad, namely Rwanda carrots. We offer the produce in ample quantities as we source it in the surplus from our family sources. Quality is our most important consideration, and as such we only source from Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)-certified sources. You can expect a very affordable price as we adjust it to the current market rates. Make an order today!
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