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Mostly yellow-colored like its cousin the orange, Tanzania grapefruit are also available in a range of hues such as yellow, white, scarlet and even pink. Its most distinctive trait from other citrus species is its nearly sweet yet bitter taste. Perhaps this is due to its accidental breeding from a Barbados orange and a pomelo from Indonesia as recent as the 1600s A.D. Some accounts label it ‘the forbidden fruit’ due to its pomelo descent. Though larger than the grape, its cluster formation on the branches has made it share similar physical traits with the wine-making berry. In Tanzanian Swahili, the fruit is known as chungwa balungi.
Each slice of grapefruit registers some 52 percent of vitamin C content. The daily margin of vitamin A from the fruit for promoting good eyesight is 23 percent. The dietary fiber proportion for proper digestion is 6 percent. The value of vitamin B-6, which is essential for life’s metabolism processes, is 5 percent of the recommended daily average. The fruit has equal levels of magnesium and calcium, both necessary for bone protection, at 2 percent. It is a good source of energy with 11 grams in every 100 grams being carbohydrates. Though having some side effects when taken in large measures in juice form, grapefruit is a highly antioxidant berry that promotes health.
We source grapefruit from the Tanga region of the country. Farmers here grow all types of citrus, with the number one fruit being the orange, followed by lemon, then tangerine and finally grapefruit. The plant enjoys proper cultivation via organic means such as ample use of farmyard manure and mulch. Our family growers also abstain from the use of chemical sprays on their farms.
We harvest Tanzania grapefruit when it has altered its color from green to a suffusion of yellow on half its surface. Our produce agents check that all farmhands are wearing gloves as the fruits need hand-picking. Our workers then pluck each fruit that comes easily off the stalk. The harvesting process is in itself easy due to the near formation of fruits in cluster imitation. We then cart away the basketfuls of the harvest to the packing shed.
Grapefruit can accumulate dirt and dust on its skin pores and so we wash it carefully at the sorting area. We use soft brushes to remove any stains on the rind of the fruit. Our workers train the fibers gently on the skin and use chlorinated water to rinse off the fruits. They then sort them by color and size and get ready to pack them.
We pack Tanzania grapefruit in cardboard cartons of 4/5th-bushel size. We normally start with size 23 which means 23 fruits for each carton. Our larger package is made up of size 56 or 56 fruits per package. We reinforce the cartons securely so that they can be fit for placement onto wheeled pallets at the airport without damage. We touch the packing process with labels inclusive of the name/cultivar, color, net weight, the country of origin and the destination.
We store Tanzania grapefruit in the cool temperature of slightly above 5 degrees Celsius. We also maintain a relative humidity of 90 percent and keep the fruits in a cool, moisture-free environment. We use refrigerated trucks to transport the produce to the airport in Dar-es-Salaam for immediate transfer to your destination. You can expect the consignment to reach your locale in the space of at least one day or two after dispatch depending on your location. Our customers in the Middle-East may get the cargo in less than 12 hours while those in Europe and North America in 24 to 48 hours.
We are therefore well-equipped to act as your resourceful supplier of grapes right from family growers in Tanzania. Our sources tend after their citrus trees’ orchards under Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) conditions. This means that our fruits have little or no chemical residue. Our quantity parameters are as exacting as you would wish as we source our produce from diverse contracted sources. We also fulfill our part of the bargain by offering very reasonable prices. This is why you should make an order today!
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