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We provide high-quality Uganda passion fruits to the local and export market. We source our Uganda passion fruits from family growers in the country.
Uganda passion fruit (Passiflora edulis) is one of the most important fruits in the East African nation. Two main varieties of purple and yellow passion thrive in the large quasi-urban central and western parts of the country. The vine produces its first fruit in as little as eight months due to the favorable cool and warm spells along the equator. The main export destinations for this fruit from Uganda include the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, South Sudan to the north-east, as well as Rwanda and Burundi to the south. Kenya, the eastern neighbor, also obtains some of its passion here when there is shortage across the border. The fruit first grew in Brazil before coming to Africa.
The passion fruit is one of the top sources of immunity and eyesight-boosting nutrition. It has 50 percent vitamin C content and 25 percent vitamin A content. The vitamin B-6 portion of the fruit is 5 percent while that of iron is 8 percent of the daily value. We source passion fruit from two major districts: Masaka, in the center of the country and Kasese to the west. Our family growers practice organic farming with little use of fertilizer and rely on mulch from other fruit trees. We only contract farmers with less than two acres of land and who have Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).
Purple and Yellow Passion
These resourceful sources grow the purple Granadilla with its nickname ‘Kasese.’ Yellow passion is also a popular variety that is notable for its acidic taste but rather pleasant smell. The more popular of the two in Uganda is the purple variety which goes into sale both within and in neighboring nations. It grows well at the soil pH range of 6 to 6.5. This gives the fruit its neutral taste and low acidity, a reason it is so popular in the country.
Yellow passion also grows under the same soil conditions but its acidic taste contributes to its lesser appeal than its purple peer. Its yields in Uganda also come short of those of the purple passion. However, it is the harder of the two: it not only tolerates the ravages of drought but the effects of pests.
Harvesting and Packing
We harvest Uganda passion fruits when they have attained plump appearance and are ready to ease off the tree. Our produce agents guide farmers only to pick only to pick yellow varieties whose color has turned golden while purple ones are lightly black. We use clippers to pull the fruits that are way up on top of the tree while those on the lower branches we handpick by gloved hands. Because yellow varieties mature later than their purple counterparts, we examine them carefully to reduce rejects from immaturity.
We then clean the fruits a the packinghouse area by removing any debris and dirt. The best grades are of fruits of 45 millimeters wide by 50 millimeters length though larger ones of 55 by 70 millimeters size are even more preferable. We cull any damaged, immature, misshapen or ripened fruits prior to packing the rest.
Before insertion into sunken trays, we label each Uganda passion fruit with a food sticker. This gives it a grade and a number for inspection and tracing purposes. We also sort the fruits by size so as to group them into either small, medium or large trays during packing. We pack yellow and purple passion from Uganda in single-layered plastic trays. We place them in these trays in Plix inserts that take the circular shape of the fruit and hold them into position. We provide different Plix dimensions that contain all fruit sizes that range from size 23 to 42.
We then wrap a taut polyethylene liner on top of the tray to preserve the humidity of the fruits throughout the journey. We also have loose packaging that is acceptable in Oceania markets such as New Zealand. This includes a five-kilogram-per-carton pack of labeled fruits. In the case of the purple variety, they usually have this particular skin tinge, are round and blemish-free. We pick yellow passion, on the other hand, when it has a welcoming greenish yellow shade with a round shape and clear skin.
We store Uganda passion fruits at temperatures of 7 to 10° Celsius at the high humidity of 95 percent. Because of their ability to resist extreme cold, we also preserve the purple variety at a minimum 3° Celsius. This way they can store for up to five weeks. Our transportation of the fruits follows the same guidelines as our cold room with refrigeration on board. Thus, to make do with premium quality fruits from equatorial Africa, do not hesitate to request for our Uganda passion fruit. You will be assured of fruit from a perennially organic source as all our family growers cultivate them naturally. This is because they grow them primarily for subsistence and sell the surplus under certified cooperative groups. Dont shy away from ordering quantities that suits your needs as we have two major seasons to meet demand with the main one failing in October through December. We also take care of the budget through competitive prices. Make your order today!
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