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We provide high-quality Rwanda collard to the local and export markets. We source the raw fresh Rwanda collards from family growers in the country.
Rwanda collard (a member of the Brassica oleracea var. acephala species) is one of the common vegetables in the market that have an acephalous (split rather than domed) leaf formation. The others include colewort known as sukuma wiki across East Africa. There is also the kale and spinach. This cabbage-family vegetable has soft dusty green leaves. Like their kale peers, the collard leaves are 10 inches long and reach their maturity after just 45 days. In a typical setting, the plant goes into use for making stews to accompany solid food. In Rwanda, it makes a beautiful accompaniment to agatogo, a popular plantains’ meal.
The collard originated in the East African highlands. As it is native to the lands surrounding Rwanda, it is no wonder that regional people call it sukuma wiki literal for ‘pushing the week’ a term that describes colewort. The version of collard in North America is known as America kale, a hint into how closely related all these greens are.
We source Rwanda collards from the Northern and Eastern provinces of the country. Our family sources cultivate the crop in patches of land of less than 2 acres of land. They reduce the build-up of chemical residual by reducing the use of pesticides.
We harvest Rwanda collard when they have attained 45 days from the planting date. The fast sprouting of the plant makes it a common sight in rural homes across the country. Our trained farmhands go for plants with mature leaves that have attained 10 inches in length. They use garden scissors to cut each at the stalk and retain a piece of the stem for handling purposes. After the dawn harvest, the leaves are then ready for relay to the packinghouse.
We sort the collard greens in a phytosanitary manner while wearing garden gloves. The best selections usually have green color with no sign of discoloration. We also make sure that we only include spotless foliage with no pest marks.
We pack Rwanda collard in horizontal cartons and crates with a weight capacity of 10 to 12 kilograms for the basic measure. Each box is made up of an equal number of bunches consisting of a dozen or two dozen leaves. The produce comes to you in polyethylene-lined packages that maintain the contents’ freshness. We preserve it in a perpetually cool condition by the use of a kilo of solid or liquid ice for every two kilos of the bunched produce. Liquid ice is more popular because it has a more penetrating reach than its solid peer. We attach self-adhesive labels that indicate the source, net weight, and the packing date.
We store Rwanda collards in a cool, dry environment that is well aerated and dimly-lit. We keep the humidity levels between 90 and 95% to maintain the hydration rate. The produce stays fresh under these conditions for the next ten days.
We transport the collard consignment from Rwanda expeditiously through our special vans that come fitted with controlled environment interiors. You can expect the dispatch to make it to your destination in the next day or two from Kigali International.
Therefore, if you are after one of the best known fresh produce from the East African and Great Lakes region, then do not hesitate to get in touch with us for Rwanda collards. We source the leafy greens from Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) family sources. We also take care to provide the produce in the right quantity by always going for surplus from our family sources. In case the price is an issue do not hesitate to get in touch for we extend very affordable rates. Make an order today!
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