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Tanzania jackfruits (Artocarpus heterophyllus L.) or ‘wonder fruit’ are the largest fruit available in the export market. The biggest pieces weigh about 55 kilograms, are as long as 0.9 meters and as wide as 0.5 meters. The tree itself is tall and heavy-duty in production terms as it bears up to 200 fruits annually. Though it grows exotically in Tanzania and Uganda, it is native to Asia. For instance, some parts of the Indian subcontinent honor it with the title of ‘national fruit.’ It is possible to eat its sweet, yellow flesh raw or cook it to spice up dishes. It also features in confectionaries and ice cakes as an ingredient.
Tanzanians call jackfruit in Swahili, fenesi. It grows mainly on the islands of Pemba and Zanzibar along the coast of the Indian Ocean.
Jackfruit comes loaded with 22 percent of vitamin C content which boosts immunity. Every slice of the fruit also contains 12 percent of the daily value of potassium for blood pressure and diuretic control. The level of dietary fiber is 1.5 grams or 6 percent of the daily needs. The fruit has relatively high vitamin B-6 content at 15 percent of the daily requirements for promoting bodily metabolism. The concentration of magnesium is 7 percent while that of calcium is 2 percent, both essential for bone strength. The fruit’s energy value is 95 calories from 23 grams of carbohydrates, 19 grams of sugar and 1.7 grams of protein.
We source Tanzania jackfruits from family growers in Zanzibar. They plant at least 1 or 5 trees per orchard that average around 0.5 hectares. They use natural preservation means inclusive of mulch from fallen plantains and farmyard compost to enhance soil fertility.
We harvest our Tanzania jackfruits when they are in their third month from the onset of the flowering season. Because of the massive size of the fruit, we come equipped with sickles for holding it as we cut its stem. Our workers wear thick gloves and other PPE to reduce contamination by the whitish latex that oozes from the fruit’s cut. The latex is least when the fruit is ripe: on our part, we harvest it when it is just past its maturity. This ensures that the jackfruit will survive the shipping journey before fully ripening. Immediately after incising the cut, we use a brand new towel on the stem end to hold back further oozing of the liquid. We then cart away the gigantic pickings to the packing area.
We pack Tanzania jackfruit in corrugated cartons that can hold at least one fruit apiece. We vacuum the packages to prevent air entry and thus preserve the cargo in a slow-ripening condition on transit. We also include produce labels including the name, color (yellow or red), net weight per package and the country of origin.
We store Tanzania jackfruit under cool temperatures throughout the postharvest handling period. We maintain the 11.11-to 12.78-degree Celsius mark which enables the fruits to stay fresh for up to 1 ½ months. We keep them in cool, dry, dimly-lit premises at a relative humidity of 85 to 95 percent.
Our special vehicles that are fitted with refrigeration equipment transport the cargo to Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar-es-Salaam immediately after the packing formalities. This means that the fresh cargo will make it to your city in at least a day.
Thus, if you are looking for the largest fruits, you now have our Tanzania jackfruit to request for. We curate our sources and select only those who have passed Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training. We have many suppliers who ensure that there is a perpetual supply of the crop in your reserved quantity. Besides, we finalize the deal with some of the most competitive prices in the market. Make an order today!
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