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Tanzania plums (Prunus) or plamu in Swahili grow in the highlands of the southern parts next to peaches. There are several varieties to go for in the country. They include black amber plum and green gauges. One of the distinguishing features of the fruit is a coat of wax that makes it look deliciously glossy at the height of its ripeness. Some people turn the fresh plums into prunes by drying them. This way they can make prune juice and other by-products. The fruit is one of the earliest ever cultivated. One species, P. domestica has origins in Eastern Europe, while two, P. salicina, as well as P. simonii first, grew in Asia.
With a small yet potent concentration of potassium at 157 milligrams from every whole fruit, the plum keeps stroke at bay through the maintenance of the blood’s electrolyte balance. The other major nutrient is protein worth 700 milligrams from every 100 grams of the fruit. The sweet nature of the berry also helps to stave off hunger: indeed, it supplies the body with at least 45 calories. Vitamin C closes the ranks with 9.5 milligrams from every 100 grams of the produce.
We source Tanzania plums in the highlands of the south. Lying on the strategic latitude range of 6 degrees east, 31 degrees south and 10 degrees east, 75 degrees south, this area has some temperate weather elements. Our family growers who own an average 0.5 hectares of orchards grow such fruits as apples, peaches and plums. They maintain the crops with farmyard manure and keep their fields free of pesticides.
We harvest Tanzania plums when they have attained maturity and are a bit ripe while still on the tree. This is because they taste best when they ripen naturally. For the purple cultivars, we do not wait until they turn dark but rather pick them when their color is between green and blue. For the Victoria variety that is green, we wait until it turns bright green with the fruit still firm before we harvest it. Our well-trained workers hand-pick the fruits from the hanging branches at the ground level. They tug at the branches and pluck the fruits. They use ladders to reach the top-most ones.
We take the firm, richly-colored plums to the sorting area where we separate them into grades after thorough washing. The ripe ones immediately go into a culling section as these make prune or plum juice. The first grade is Fancy which is made up of blemish-free fruits with firm, uniform-sized berries. The fruits measure between 1 and 1.25 inches at their thickest points. The rest of the grades include No. 1 and 2. The first ones have all the qualities of ‘Fancy’ apart from the fact that they may have slight blemishes while the second may contain mixed varieties.
We pack Tanzania plums in 12.7 or 28-pound containers in bulk. There are also half-a-bushel boxes that come with trays for inserting the fruits. We ensure that each piece has protection in the form of a soft pad beneath and around the interior of the trays. We touch off by the inclusion of produce labels including the net weight, country of origin and the destination.
We store Tanzania plums in our warehouse at 90 to 95 percent relative humidity. For some varieties, we maintain 0 degrees Celsius only for the duration of shipping after which they should immediately receive a temperature boost of up to 20 degrees Celsius to prevent chilling injury. Our transportation means of modified interior trucks extend the cold room maintenance all the way to the airport. Your cargo will normally reach you in a day after dispatch from the Julius Nyerere International Airport.
We are therefore your go-to for all needs of Tanzania plums at their fresh seasonal quality. You will only obtain from us fruits from perennial trees that have aged well in the cooler parts of the country. Our sources are traditional farmers who grow them under Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) conditions. You will also get them in the exact quantity parameters you request as we anticipate your order by having many farmers under our wings to meet the tonnage. As of prices, our rates are fair and quite affordable for every importer. Make an order today.
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