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Tanzania pineapple grows well in the sandy soils of the coast, especially in Bagamoyo. The fruit which goes by the name nanasi in Swahili is one of the most recognizable in the local markets. Though there are large-scale farms, many of its growers are smallholders. In Geita, an administrative region in the country’s north-west, farmers join cooperative societies to grow the crop under credit facilitation. Alongside financial support, the growers also get storage and juice-processing equipment that helps them make a living.

Succulent, juicy and sweet, the pineapple has more than meets the eye in terms of health benefits. Each serving of the fruit provides 79 percent of the daily value of vitamin C. It has a vitamin A value of 1 percent while vitamin B-6 stands at 5 percent of the daily requirements. The fruit also provides a generous amount of dietary fiber at 5 percent of the daily value. The total starch proportion is 4 percent while sugar is 10 grams out of every 100 grams.

We source Tanzania pineapples from the coast and the northwestern parts. Our family growers in Karagwe district in the northwest region have half a hectare of land that they reserve for the fruit. They mainly grow the Sweet Cayenne variety which has high local and export demand. On our part, we only consider sources that use farmyard manure as soil enrichment and abstain from chemical sprays.

We harvest Tanzania pineapples about 1 year and 3 months after the planting date. By then the plant is usually about 2 and ½ feet tall. This is usually roughly three months after the onset of flowers. We wait for the fruit to turn an attractive yellowish green or golden green color on its skin. Our produce agents then instruct the farmhands on the procedure of cutting. They use sickles to keep off the vines on either side of the berry. They then cut the fruit at the base, a few inches into the stem end using a sharp knife. Our unripe fruits weigh between 2.5 and 4.5 kilograms.

We bring the Tanzania pineapple harvest to the cold room for cooling immediately after the picking is over. We then wash them in clean water. We apply some wax on the skin, a process that overcomes brown exterior spots during postharvest handling. This is followed by the trimming of the crest to leave only small dense foliage. We then sort the clean, spotless, mature fruits manually and cull any misshapen or ripened ones. Any ripe ones go into juice production while the rest are ready for packing.

We pack Tanzania pineapples in corrugated cardboard produce boxes. These are telescopic and are in a design that can accommodate a dozen fruits. We, first of all, put six pineapples in a vertical orientation inside a braced insert and then put the insert onto the carton. We put the other six in a similar receptacle and then into the other half of the carton. There are also wooden crates with ventilation on the sides that similarly carry the fruits. To reduce mold formation, all our packages have vents in multiple places especially the sides. Every fruit in its insert has wool-based separator from its neighbor. We finish by attaching produce labels such as the number of pieces, the net weight, the country of origin and the destination.

We store Tanzania pineapples at the temperature range of 7 degrees to 12 degrees Celsius. However, during transportation, we separate green and half-ripe pineapples into two temperature ranges. The first travels at 10 to 12 degrees Celsius while the other at 7 to 10 degrees Celsius. We use designate vehicles with refrigerated interiors for the conveyance to Julius Nyerere International Airport. The cargo usually reaches your city in a day or two after dispatch.

Thus, if you would like to avail some of the tastiest fruits from Tanganyika or Zanzibar, Tanzania pineapples. All our fruits come from family growers who have acquired certificates for Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). Besides, our quantity parameters conform to yours as we always have reserve farmers to grow your exact tonnage. We keep prices affordable by adjusting them to your budget. Make an order today!

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