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Tanzania papaya or loosely papai in Swahili refers to Carica papaya, the true species of the pawpaw. There are many other species but this is the most widespread in Tanzania. The country grows mainly the sweet orange variety that has met with high demand in the European export market. Many of the farmers with orchards in the south of Tanzania grow the fruit under the warm climate and well-drained soil of the region. There have also been intensive efforts to develop high-yielding varieties by scientists at the Mikocheni educational point in Dar-es-Salaam.
The interesting history of the papaya starts with the interbreeding of a wild form and the C. papaya species in Mexico and Latin America centuries ago. Spanish conquistadors would later find a similar crop in North America which they also labeled with the name. A contemporary pun about the fruit has led to its reference as ‘poor man’s banana.’
Consumption of papaya is a step into health as the fruit has substantial mineral and vitamin composition. Minerals include magnesium, manganese and phosphorous for strong bones at 6%, 2% and 1% respectively. There is also significant potassium for blood electrolyte balance at 4%. The highest vitamin content is C at 75 % of the daily value, followed by folate at 10%. Vitamin A combined with beta-carotene for good eyesight is 6% of the daily value.
We source Tanzania papaya from the southern parts of the country. Our farmers constitute family growers with less than a hectare of land. They strictly follow organic farming inclusive of little or no use of farm sprays and reliance on farmyard compost for soil enrichment.
We harvest Tanzania papaya when the fruits have acquired a yellowish tinge that flushes about one-third of the fruit’s skin. We carry out our harvesting phase from the mid-morning through to midday as this is the best time to reduce the oozing of latex from cuts. Our glove-clad well-trained workers pick the fruits by hand. They use sterilized cutting tools to cut the stalk supporting the fruit. For the high positioned fruits, they use long poles with cutting and catching paraphernalia for safe harnessing.
We sort the papayas by size, general skin health and the level of ripeness. All fruits that have blemish-free qualities pass to the packinghouse in readiness for packing. We also treat any healthy fruit with a light bruise on the skin with steam for fast curing.
We pack Tanzania papayas in 4.5-kilogram cartons that keep the fruits in a single layer. We also have bigger cartons with a capacity for 10 kilograms for the large-sized pawpaws. We usually have an average of 6 pieces per box (for large fruits) and 18 per box (for the small ones). We first label each of the yellow fruits with a grade sticker and then insert it into a mesh sleeve. This then goes into the carton. At each bottom of the box is a soft padding that provides against injury especially in parts where the fruit is still green.
We store Tanzania papaya at the temperature range of 3 to 7 degrees Celsius for a shelf life of 14 days. We also extend the shelf life by transporting the fruits at the same temperature to the airport in Dar-es-Salaam via our refrigerated trucks. This means that the fresh cargo will reach your destination in as little as a day.
Therefore, if you would like to access one of the best sources of nutrition in sufficient quantities, then you ought to consider Tanzania papaya. Our paw paws come from family growers who cultivate them under Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) conditions. This in itself is an indicator of quality. You also obtain the shipment in your desired quantity as we liaise with as many family growers as possible. You will also obtain the fruits at very competitive rates. Make your order today!
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