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We provide high-quality Tanzania collards to the local and export markets. We source the raw fresh Tanzania collard from family growers in Tanzania.
Tanzania collard (member of Brassica oleracea var. acephala) is a leafy green that resembles both the colewort (Sukuma wiki in Swahili) and the kale and is sometimes both. The cabbage-family crop misses the dome that is a feature in its cousin as its soft leaves spread apart in solo (acephalous) formation. The leaves are usually about 10 inches long when they are mature. In Tanzania, a combination of spinach or colewort and collards make for meat stews for eating with posho or ugali.
In East Africa, people call collards ‘collard greens’ or Sukuma wiki. This is even though the real sukuma wiki is the colewort. In North America, the crop goes under the secondary name, America kale.
The origin of the collard was actually in the East African highlands. This is why it is native to Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania. In this respect, it shares its origin with the kale which had a home in Ethiopia about 2000 B.C.
We source Tanzania collard from the southern areas of the country, particularly Iringa region. We only make contracts with family growers with less than two acres of land that they maintain through farmyard manure. We also train them to abstain from the use of harmful pesticides and instead use other organic pest-eradication means.
We harvest Tanzania collards when they are 1 and ½ months from the date of sowing. This fast life makes them a common plant with evergreen leaves in the backyards of rural homes. Our workers look for plants whose leaves have attained a length of 10 inches from the tip to the base when they are still tender. Our crew picks the outer leaves to give the inner ones time to sprout for the next week’s picking bout. They handle the leaves hygienically wearing gloves. The harvest goes into gunny sacks in readiness for taking to the packinghouse for bunching.
We pack Tanzania collard in packages weighing between 10 and 12 kilograms. We keep them in bunches of 12 to 24 leaves per produce box. You can expect the produce to reach you in an exemplary fresh condition as we wrap each bunch in the polyethylene-lined sleeve. We insert each of these in cartons or crates that come with labels of the date of packing, the net weight and the country of origin.
We keep the coolness of the produce guaranteed by inserting a one-kilogram bar of ice for every 2 kilograms of the produce. We sometimes forgo solid ice in favor of liquid ice that keeps the leaves in a nearly frozen condition throughout the transit period.
We store Tanzania collards in a cool environment with proper ventilation and away from the sun. This helps us maintain a relative humidity of 90 to 95 percent to keep the leaves well hydrated. This gives the produce a shelf span of 10 days.
We transport the collard cargo on the same day of packing via our special trucks with modified environment interiors. The dispatch will usually reach your city in a day or two from the departure date at Julius Nyerere International Airport.
We are thus your first choice for one of the essential vegetables in the region, namely Tanzania collards. We source the produce from Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)-certified farms via cooperatives and farmers’ groups. You can expect the right tonnage as we diligently handle each order by rallying enough growers to cultivate surplus by the due date. Our prices are reasonable, and the vegetables are quality leafy green. Make an order today!
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