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A member of the Fragaria genus, Tanzania strawberries are but one variety of hundreds of berries with a similar name. It grows in the cooler parts of the country. The fruit directly translates to stroberi in the local Swahili language. The tightly formed pear-shaped fruits feature multiple fruitless in one berry with screaming red color. Significantly, this is neither a true fruit nor a real berry because instead of the ovary partitioning into many fruits, it is the joining material that splits into fruitlets per berry. Its primary uses include eating raw, making food preserves, juice production and ice cream flavoring. Indeed, the term ‘strawberry flavor’ has become a common one in the chocolate and confectioneries’ worlds.
Strawberry as we know it is a recent introduction: its garden form grew as a hybrid of Chilean F. chiloensis and American F. virginiana species around 1750 A.D., in the wine-producing area of Brittany in France. It would later spread across the world including Tanzania.
Strawberries are highly endowed with vitamin C which picks at 97 percent of the daily value (dv). The calcium margin for strengthening teeth enamel stands at 1 percent dv. The magnesium content, which boosts the bone structure, is 3 percent dv. The level of iron which helps to sharpen the brain function, prevent chronic diseases and promote the transportation of oxygen in blood is 2 percent dv. The dietary fiber proportion for good digestion stands at 8 percent of the daily value. Potassium tails off the nutrients’ count by representing 4 percent of the dv rate per person, daily.
We source Tanzania strawberry from the highlands of the country where temperatures average below 21 degrees Celsius. We make contractual arrangements with farmers who have less than two acres of land. This little acreage helps them to manage their orchards under natural means inclusive of the application of farmyard manure for soil enrichment. They forgo farm sprays in favor of traditional, less harmful alternatives.
Our farmers grow a number of hybrid cultivars of the strawberry. These retain their green color even in the harshest cold weather season because of their improved nature. The top two include Pajaro, with its huge berries that are quite tasty. The other is Chandler, a diminutive stature tree with high yields of huge fruits.
We harvest Tanzania strawberries in clusters on their 90th or 120th day after planting. We start the harvest as soon as the berries have turned into the first shades of red. Through close monitoring, we can also wait for the second day after all fruits are suffused in scarlet color and then cut them off with parts of their stems intact. We keep every bunch in a cool, shady bucket in readiness for taking to the sorting area for grading. We often do all sorting and grading in the field to minimize the injuries that come from hauling the harvest away.
We continue to the next stage of preparing strawberries for the market, namely washing. We pass them through clear water, then rinse and dry them gently with a soft sterilized cloth. We then sort them into grades. The No. 1 grade consists of perfectly cleaned, debris-free berries with no sign of splits or immaturity. All the selections are uniformly developed and have a bright scarlet color. All fruits measure more than 5/8 of an inch across and have no caps attached to them. We cull pieces that do not meet the criteria for either local resale or discarding. The graded ones go into immediate packing.
We pack Tanzania strawberries in bulk clamshell containers or mesh bags with open tops. These first packages then feature in corrugated trays made of fiberboard. The only weight measures available for this produce are the pint and quart due to their negligible sizes. We finish the process by inserting produce labels including the name, country of origin and the destination.
We store Tanzania strawberries at the temperature range of 0 degrees and 5 degrees Celsius in a cool, dry and dim environment. We maintain a humidity level of 90 to 95 percent. This gives them a week of fresh storage.
We perpetuate the above temperature range during the transportation of Tanzania strawberry cargo to the airport in Dar-es-Salaam via our controlled environment vehicles. You can expect the shipment to make it to your destination between 1 and 2 days of the dispatch.
In short, if you would like to avail one of the temperate hybrid produce from tropical Africa, you might as well consider Tanzania strawberries from us. Lushly red, of uniform size and with evenness in maturity, our fruits are of exceptional quality. This is because they grow naturally under Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) conditions. You can ask for any tonnage that suits you for we guarantee reasonable prices for them. Make your order today!
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