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We provide high-quality Rwanda macadamia to the local and export markets. We source the raw fresh Rwanda macadamia from family growers in the country.
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Rwanda macadamia (Macadamia integrifolia) is one of the essential nut crops in the country in recent times. Common as the ‘Gold nut’ because of its lucrative nature for small-scale farmers, the fruit tree first came to Rwanda in the 1980’s. There have been ambitious farming projects since then including the 2015’s government initiative of cultivating ‘one million macadamia trees.’ The main farming belts include Eastern and Southern provinces. The tree derives its name from an Australian scientist, John Macadam in the 19th century. It was, however, Allan Cunningham who discovered the species in the last half of the 1820’s. The name ‘macadamia’ only became commonplace in use to refer to the nut in as late as 1857.
Eating macadamia nuts provides the body with high vitamin B1 and B2. There are also substantial iron deposits in the nut’s meat. The dietary fiber content represents 2 percent of its edible flesh. The most significant component is fat, 80 percent of which is monounsaturated, meaning that it is healthy.
We source Rwanda macadamia from the Eastern and Southern provinces. One of the leading southern sources is Nyanza district. Our farmers here keep at least 1 to 2 acres of land where they grow the crop. They maintain their tree orchards with farmyard manure and utilize chemical sprays responsibly.
We harvest Rwanda macadamia when it has turned just ripe but is firm and rough textured. We make sure that at the picking time, the nut’s shell has hardened. We forgo sticky nut coats as these indicate immaturity. We pick each piece by hand after shaking the tree. Though this traditional method is suitable for fast harvests, it may also bring down unripe nuts into the waiting baskets. This is why we prefer shepherd’s hooks to wriggle out the nuts easily from the top and low branches into the waiting tarpaulins.
We provide Rwanda macadamia for export in dried form or process them into oil. In either case, we dry the nuts to a moisture level of less than 8 percent. This is after the fruits have gone through a grading system by putting them in water: the nuts that float indicate ripeness and are ready for drying and processing.
We then crack any of the air-dried nuts to de-husk them. This makes it possible to cull out the best grade from the lesser one. The Premium category has nuts with a meat weight margin that is 36% higher than the total dry matter content including the de-husked inner shell. All other nuts with a copra/meat content of 28 to 35 percent go into the Regular grade.
The final processing of Rwanda macadamia is oven-drying or roasting. The reason is to give them a crunchy feel in the mouth when eating. This step is essential because, at this time, the nuts are still meaty and unsavory as they have not lost their remaining water content. We do oven-drying for at least two days, which may go to 3 days for best results at temperatures of 40 to 43 degrees Celsius.
We finally pack Rwanda macadamia nuts in dried and roasted forms in bags-within-cartons. The basic capacity for our packages is 11.34 kilograms. We line the bags’ interiors with soft wax material to protect against drying up or loss of aroma. We seal each carton with tape to provide for the secure relay of the cargo on the same day of packing.
We store Rwanda macadamia in near-similar conditions as their growing temperatures of less than 8 degrees Celsius. During cold season shipments, we usually raise the temperature bar to about 15 degrees Celsius. We maintain a moderate relative humidity of 50 to 60 percent during storage and shipping.
We transport Rwanda macadamia to the airport in Kigali via our refrigerated trucks. Our speedy delivery reaches your city in the next 24 to 48 hours after the dispatch date.
Whether you need the ‘gold nut’ raw or in the sumptuous roasted form, then you need our Rwanda macadamia. Our nut crop comes from family growers who abide by Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) terms. This means a crisp golden product with less than 0.01 percent of residual levels. You will also obtain shipments that align to your quantity as we purchase the raw produce in the surplus from our family growers. On top of that, our prices are entirely fair and reflect the market conditions. Make an order today!
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