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Tanzania blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum) is a sugary as well as watery fruit that is purplish-blue. It is the cousin of the cranberry as the two come from the same family. In appearance, the fruit which is no more than 1.6 centimeters wide grows on a shrub that can be as short as 10 centimeters and as tall as 400 centimeters. Though the wild varieties had been in existence longer, the ‘high brush’ garden cultivar originated in North America and spread to European destinations as late as the 1930s. In Tanzania, berries such as raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are available in Iringa to the south, among other locales.

Every serving of blueberries offers 16 percent of the daily needs of vitamin C. The vitamin B-6 margin is 5 percent for the enhancement of the cell metabolism process. The level of magnesium for the formation of bone structure is 1 percent of the daily value. Iron has the same margin and plays the role of protection against chronic diseases. The dietary fiber proportion stands at 9 percent which aids in digestion. The level of potassium is 2 percent of the daily requirements, essential for the maintenance of blood pressure. The amount of sugar is 10 grams for every 100 grams of the fruit.

We source Tanzania blueberries from the Iringa region. Here, family growers cultivate it next to raspberries. Our sources own between 1 and 2 acres of land which they enrich with farmyard manure. They keep off pesticides to ensure the competitiveness of their produce in the local and international markets.

We harvest Tanzania blueberries when they have attained at least 12 months from the date of planting for the late maturing varieties. Our produce agents guide farmhands on which berries to pick. These are usually the fruits that are awash by an early blue color but are yet to turn the final indigo hue of ripeness.  Our workers pick them by hand as they easily come off the branches when on the verge of ripeness. They keep them in small bags as they go along each shrub.

Soon after harvesting, we sort the healthy fruits from the cluster and keep them in Grade 1. These berries have no hint of discoloration, are firm, dry to the touch and are of uniform size. Any split or discolored piece goes into the culling area for disposal or use at home. We continue sorting by removing stalks and other debris from the graded fruits. We pack only the blemish-free ones.

We pack Tanzania blueberries in 1-pint clamshells with polyethylene linings to protect against dehydration. We also have 2-pint ventilated clamshells with anti-dehydration polystyrene linings. We keep at least 12 fruits in ever tray which we then place into cartons. With proper aeration from our vented cartons, the cargo stays secure throughout the shipping journey. We stick our logo-bearing labels, inclusive of the produce name, the date of packing, the country of origin and the net weight.

We store Tanzania blueberries in our cold room environment at the low-temperature range of 1 to 2 degrees Celsius. We maintain a high relative humidity of 90 to 95 percent. Our designate transport comes fitted with refrigeration equipment to keep the cargo in a fresh condition on board. You can therefore expect the shipment to make it to your destination in a day after dispatch from Dar-es-Salaam by air.

In short, we are your go-between with farmers who grow Tanzania blueberries via Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) terms. This is why our produce comes with quite low residual levels and finds acceptance in all world markets. You will also get sufficient quantity that meets your exact tonnage requirements as we contract farmers to grow it for your months before the order date. We also offer tantalizing prices that are among the lowest in the regional market. Order from us today!

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