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We provide high-quality Uganda butternut squash to the local and export market. We source our Uganda butternut squash from family growers in the country.
With a taste that is close to that of the pumpkin, Uganda butternut squash (Cucurbita moschata) has all the features of the beloved cucurbit family crops only that it has a lesser size. It grows to reach the magnitude of 40 centimeters across and amasses the weight of 5 kilograms. Uganda grows a range of varieties that include Butter stick, a cultivar with yellow flesh that matures in 52 days. The other ones are Dark Green, a 48-day-to-maturity alternative and Papaya Pear, an early maturing variety that takes just forty days to mature.
Like many other vegetables, the butternut squash had its origin in Mexico. It then spread to tropical lands especially Africa where it is an everyday staple next to the potato. It features in traditional food as well as modern cuisine around the world including Australia, a major grower of winter squash.
Taking a serving of butternut squash every day provides the body with 35 percent of vitamin C for boosting immunity. The level of vitamin B-6 for proper cell metabolism and healthy hair is 10 percent of the daily value. The amount of magnesium is 8 percent of the daily value, which enhances the structural makeup of the bones, giving them a strong constitution. The level of potassium, which maintains the blood electrolytes is 10 percent of the daily value.
We source Uganda butternut squash from family growers in the central part of Uganda. There are various projects, some of them government-supported, for the growth of the Cucurbita gourds in this region. On our part, we make contact with farmers with small-sized plots of land and who enrich the soil in the plots using farmyard manure.
We harvest Uganda butternut squash when it has attained a hard gourd that is a deep tan. We use sharpened knives to slash off the fruit off the vine with about two inches of the stalk intact. We then transfer the big fruits to the curing room for drying. It requires a temperature of 20° Celsius to harden, which means it will store for long from this precaution.
We then grade Uganda butternut squash based on various visible characteristics. The Number 1 grade insists of tough, hardened, uniform skin with no blemishes. The Number 2 grade also has similar exterior features but may be just about to mature, unlike the first grade which is at the most desirable maturity stage. The selections usually have no dirt or disease features in them. After this initial check-up, we ready the produce for packing.
We pack Uganda butternut squash in 1 1/9 bushel size boxes in various grades. We also have bulk containers similar to those of pumpkins where we store the produce in bulk count. We even insert food labels on the bins inclusive of the date of packing, the net weight, and the final destination.
We store Uganda butternut squash at relatively cool temperatures of between 4 and 10° Celsius. This makes it suitable to use for the next 12 to 24 weeks while it is still firm and fresh. We use special transport to convey the gourds from the packinghouse to the airport in Entebbe, ready for shipping.
Thus, if you would like to get a shipment of this winter squash variety from a tropical land, do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Our Uganda butternut squash comes from designate sources who grow it under Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). Besides, we are sensitive to providing the exact quantity that you request and to ensure this, and we make contact with as many family growers as possible. You are also assured of getting the produce at very fair rates. Go ahead and make an order today!
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