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We provide high-quality Rwanda lime to the local and export markets. We source the raw fresh Rwanda lime from family growers in the country.
Rwanda lime (Citrus aurantifolia), also ndimu in Swahili is a small berry that is usually green when immature but turns yellow when ripe. The rind or the skin is thinner and smoother than that of a lemon. However, both fruits have the same acidic taste and a juicy core. The biological origin of lime is the mating of mandarin and citron oranges. The 3-centimeter-wide fruit is a common additive in lemonade beverages. Its sweeter taste than lemon and high water content of 88 percent of its entire weight also makes it more welcoming for flavoring foods. The fruit grows from the branches of a small tree.
Now growing mainly in Kigali province of Rwanda, lime has been a 20th-century addition to the country’s fruits’ scene. It is native to the Malay Peninsula, particularly Indonesia. Its next point of dispersal was southern Europe around 1000 B.C. The term ‘lime’ is a combination of lima in Arabic and limu in Persian.
The consumption of limes is a leeway into health. It comes with 48% worth of vitamin C which helps to keep the body free of diseases. It also has marginal levels of dietary fiber at 11 percent. The daily value of minerals is headed by potassium at 2 percent per serving, a good margin for regulating blood pressure. The calcium level is around 3 percent, a good proportion for keeping the teeth enamel strong. Vitamin A which helps to promote eye health is available at 1 percent per serving.
We source Rwanda limes from Kicukiro district in Kigali Province. We also have other citrus-growing areas in the northern and southern regions we count on. Our farmers own orchards on land of less than 2 acres. They maintain the crop through farmyard manure and reduce the use of chemical sprays to keep the extra levels to less than 0.01 percent at the market time.
We harvest Rwanda limes after six months on the farm. We, first of all, decontaminate nippers and then cut the fruits’ stalks while taking care not to bruise them. We then slightly pull the berries from the branches with gloved hands. We keep the fruits in the shade and then transport them to the warehouse for sorting.
We sort Rwanda limes in terms of their hue, size, texture and firmness. We remove any wrinkled, discolored and immature berry from the rest. The healthiest fruits that feature a greenish-yellow color with mature appearance make it to the first grade. We then take these through a washing pass that sprinkles purified water on them before packing begins.
We pack Rwanda limes in horizontal cartons. The basic weight per carton is 4.5 kilos although we have bigger packages of up to 9.1 kilos. We also have the largest packages of double that weight at 18.2 kilos. We pack the fruits tightly in each box and then vacuum-seal them to provide a friction-free environment during the transit journey.
We store Rwanda lime at the temperature of over 8 degrees Celsius. We do not go into near-freezing temperatures to prevent chilling injury. We keep them in a cool, dry environment to improve on its shelf life and extend freshness index.
We transport Rwanda limes at the average temperature of 12 degrees Celsius for the chilling-sensitive types. This gives the lime a two-week shelf life. Our special trucks come with refrigeration equipment on board. Between the dispatch date from Kigali International and the arrival at your city, we give a grace period of 24 to 48 hours.
If you are yearning for herbal citrus fruit, then Rwanda lime can be a good substitute of lemon. Not only do we obtain it from Global Good Agricultural (GAP)-certified locations in the country, but we carefully test it for residual levels to ascertain quality. All our handling of this therapeutic fruit is phytosanitary during the entire post-harvest period. Our quantity, on its part, reflects your exact tonnage request by virtue of our having surplus production. We keep the prices low during each season to reflect your budget. Make an order today!
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