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Tanzania mangoes are one of the most common fruits that the locals grow. The country is the number 17 biggest exporter of the fruit in the world, with a production margin in 2011 of half a million tons. Almost all mangos from Tanzania are courtesy of farmers of low means in the rural areas. Commercial growers are mainly medium- and large-scale. The country mostly cultivates indigenous varieties such as Dodo and Bolibo. Others include Viringe, Bonyoa and Muyuni.
The commercial grafted cultivars came to the county as late as the early 2000s. They are still lowly produced as they represent just 1 percent of the total output and are the reserve of large plantations. They include Kent, Keitt, Alfonso and Apple mango.
Virtually all parts of the country produce the mango fruit. The main markets include the northern neighbor, Kenya via Hola town. The rest go to mainly the UAE. The mango season in Tanzania runs once per year from November through January.
The mango may have originated from the Borneo islands of Indonesia and the Malay Peninsula in south-east Asia. There are also some common varieties that had an origin on both the coasts of Kenya and Tanzania. Currently, there are tens of modern varieties, many from the West in enhanced form.
The mango is a nutritious fruit rich in vitamin C at 60 percent of the daily needs. The vitamin A content from the bright-colored flesh for good eyesight is 21 percent. The dietary fiber proportion for proper digestion is 6 percent of the daily value. Vitamin B-6 represents 5 percent of the daily value. Minerals include magnesium at 2 percent and Calcium at 1 percent, both important for bone and teeth strength.
We source our Tanzania mangoes from Tabora, Kilimanjaro region, Ruvuma river basin, Pemba islands, Tanga, Morogoro and the Coast region around Dar-es-Salaam. Most of our family growers who cultivate the traditional cultivars do so in little patches of no more than two acres. The ones who grow Kent and other commercial varieties have 2.5 acres and above. We only make contracts with those who abstain from pesticide use and grow their fruit trees under farmyard manure instead of commercial fertilizers.
We harvest Tanzania mangos at different stages as not all fruits in a tree mature at the same time. We look for such indicators as the flush of red over the green, firmness and coming to size of the now slightly scented fruit. All our farmhands wear gloves and are fully clothed in PPE during the early morning harvest. They cut the stems with a sharp knife with about 1 to 5 centimeters of the stalk attached to the fruit. For high-placed fruits, our workers use long bamboo poles with baskets and cutlery in-one to reach them. We remove each plastic sack containing the harvest into a shade in readiness for its delivery to the pack house.
We take the Tanzania mangos to the washing line which automatically sorts them into groups for washing. After rinsing and drying, we ready the fruits for the packing area. By now there are usually only mature, firm fruits. All ripe, infected or sap-spilling pieces go into a culling shed where they can make juice.
We pack our Tanzania mangos in 1.6-kilogram cartons with a single-layer packing format. There is also a smaller package of 6 kilograms that also comes in a single-layer format. Our alternative package is a fiberboard box with a 4.5-kilogram capacity that we fill by count rather than just weight. We maintain the fruit by wrapping the carton’s or box’s interior with soft paper. Our packages feature the name of the cultivar, the packing date, and the number of pieces/net weight.
We store Tanzania mangos in a cool, dry environment in our cold room at the temperature range of 5 to 7 degrees Celsius. We maintain this temperature even during the transportation from the farm to the packinghouse and then to the airport by our refrigerated trucks. You can expect the fresh fruity cargo to reach you in as little as a day or two from the Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar-es-Salaam.
We are thus your first choice in all matters Tanzania mango. All our produce comes from family growers who have certifications with such protocols as Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). This is why we always promise our clients untainted fruits in whatever tonnage they require. We go a step further by aligning our prices to your budget. This is why you should start by making an order today!
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