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The Tanzania carrot (Daucus Carta) or karoti in Swahili is one of the staples of the country that comes with a tapered, orange taproot that is edible. The principal constituent is the vitamin A or beta carotene component. Though this nutrient comes short of the daily margin in other fresh produce like kales, at 104 percent it is famous for enhancing eyesight. It is the pro-vitamin A-forming beta-carotene that is responsible for mostly boosting vision when there are eyesight problems. In appearance, the leaves of the root crop are spare, threaded and light green for most varieties. The Asian cultivar has a purple root while those that grow in much of the world are orange-colored.
The carrot grows in Morogolo and Tanga regions in the eastern and north-eastern parts of Tanzania, respectively. It is a common sight in the city markets where traders bunch the produce into tight groups for retailing to quick customers. It is also a common substitute for the tomato for preparing meals and making salads.
The first dispersal point of the carrot was about 5000 years ago in Afghanistan’s mountainous areas. The wild species would then disperse to various parts of the world. There are purple, orange and white-tinted tubers to count but a few.
Each carrot comes with a vitamin A concentration of 104 percent of the daily value. This level is upped by beta-carotene at 77 percent which further heals any vision problems. Vitamin C comes at 7 percent of the daily requirements, which is essential for providing immunity against diseases. The dietary fiber margin stands at 2.8 grams while that of starch is 9.6 grams. The root is also a source of energy at 173 kilojoules per serving, especially when eaten raw.
We source Tanzania carrots from various parts of the country, especially in Lukosi in the east, Hembeti in the east and Lushoto district in the north-east. These parts are either in Morogolo or Tanga. Our family growers own about 0.5 hectares of land, which they cultivate under farmyard manure and mulch. They also abstain from the use of chemical sprays in favor of natural pest eradication means such as intercropping.
We harvest Tanzania carrots in two stages: first, on the 50th day after planting, we uproot baby carrots. Our trained farmhands use farm forks to shallowly remove the soil from the tubers after which they tip them off with glove-clad hands. The next harvest is for mature roots at about 75 days after planting. Our experienced crew knows by the sight that a carrot with a shoulder width of at least half an inch is ready for uprooting. We then transport the roots to the packing shed where we pool them for washing in clean water, ready for sorting.
We pack Tanzania carrots in double methods. We start with bunching. This is where 6 to 8 bunches of the immaculate roots feature together, bound in natural fiber. We then pack these into cartons of 1 1/8th bushel size. We keep top ice on every package for preserving natural freshness.
We also have the loose or bulk packing method for Tanzania carrots. This is the careful arrangement of the pieces in polyethylene-lined wax cartons at the basic weight of 14 kilos per package. There is also the double weight package of 22.68 kilos that comes in equally large cartons. We keep the tapered roots fresh by not only use of top ice but the employment of custom cartons with vents at their top parts for aeration.
We store Tanzania carrots in cool, dry conditions. We maintain these same temperatures during the transportation phase of the produce to the airport in Dar-es-Salaam via our refrigerated trucks. You can expect the produce to reach your destination on the same day or two days after dispatch.
In case you are looking forward to an inviting orange-colored harvest from the East African highlands, then you have Tanzania carrots. Our sources are family growers who practice traditional agriculture with little or no chemical sprays. Besides, the Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certificates that these farmers have guaranteed fresh crop quality. If you would like quick supplies, we have baby carrots that are ready for harvesting twice a year when they are just 50 days’ old after planting. You have the assurance of proper tonnage from the fact that we rally as many farmers as we can manage to meet demand. We also invite you to sample our very affordable prices. Make an order today!
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