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We provide high-quality Uganda pears to the local and export market. We source our Uganda pears from family growers in the country.
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Uganda pear (Pyrus communes) is one of the most important fruits for a country with the acronym the ‘pear of Africa’ for being a fruit basket and specifically growing this two-seasoned fruit. The pear thrives mostly in the western region where it has a modern market which supplies Kampala. This western part is conductive due to its high elevation at 2100 meters above the sea, which is ideal for a temperate fruit grown under the volcanic soil.
The origin of the fruit was in the Far-east and the Middle-east. This constitutes modern-day white pear, an Asian produce. African growers mostly cultivate the European pear, which is the main fruit in some of the world’s biggest sources like the US and Europe.
Pears have 12 percent dietary fiber content which makes them an important fruit for good digestion. Their vitamin C proportion is 7 percent of the daily needs per person while magnesium is 1 percent. They also preserve a balance of the electrolyte part of blood with a 116-milligram dose of potassium or 3 percent of the mineral’s daily content. They have no fat content, which makes them a good alternative for losing weight. Much of the fruits’ nutrition comes from the raw skin which should be eaten with the crunchy flesh. Their other benefits include improving immunity, curing swelling, reducing miscarriages and keeping the bodily fluids optimal.
We source our Uganda pears from Kabale, a district that supplies the capital with its fruits. The family growers cultivate Bosc and Bartlett varieties. The latter juicy and less crunchy cultivar garners popular appeal in the country. All our sources have small plots of land of less than two acres in which the fruits grow under natural conditions.
Harvesting pears on time is quite important as this reduces the chances of their turning bad from within, which might cause mushiness. Our farmers normally mark the date of planting the various varieties that mature at disparate times of the year. Our produce agents guide the workers to handpick the fruits gently from the trees when they are relatively ripe. They then keep them in shaded baskets in readiness for transportation to the packinghouse.
The first process at the warehouse is cooling the fruits, as they await washing and then sorting. Cooling minimizes the damaging field heat, which we reduce even further by hydro-cooling the fruits during transportation to the warehouse. After washing the fruits in a water pass, we then sort the healthy, perfectly round ones and separate them into groups. The no. 1 grade is made up of pears from a single variety. These are usually of maturity age, slightly ripe and perfectly shaped.
We pack Uganda pears in boxes of at least 20 pounds (9 kilograms). We also have larger boxes of as large sizes as 30 pounds (13 kilograms). Our tray boxes have sunken inserts for putting each fruit into place to prevent friction between fruits. Each tray from small to large can contain between 60 and 150 fruits which depend on the sizes of the fruits.
To ensure there is little contamination, we wrap each Uganda pear in tissue. This wrapping material protects the fruits from the ravages of container shipment. To provide traceability, every tray box has a stamp to indicate the grade, variety, source and the destination.
We store Uganda pears at temperatures of negative 1° to 0° Celsius. This gives them a long lease of life whereby they ripen gradually. The same controlled environment temperature ensues during surface transportation by special trucks to the airport in Entebbe.
If you are therefore in search of the crunchy fruits from East Africa that grow under equatorial conditions, do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Our Uganda pears come from Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)-certified family growers. We provide quantities that meet your exact tonnage requirements due to the availability at two times a year, namely June and then December. Our prices are quite representative as we tailor them to suit your budget. Make an order today!
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