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Tanzania oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) may have originated in Sierra Leone and neighboring countries in West Africa. It does well in the sub-tropical geography of around 10 degrees south or north from the equator. It requires areas with well-distributed rainfall patterns especially tropical forests with 1600 millimeters per year of rain. In appearance, the fruits grow atop the elegantly tall tree in the form of shell-enclosed nuts in bunches. A fruit weighs up to 20 grams. Its main parts include the outer skin and the pulp with oil in its fibers. It also has an interior nut with its own shell with an oil-containing kernel. Therefore, the oil comes mostly from the pulp rather than the nut.

The principal product of the fruit is the oil. The palm is perhaps the most productive vegetable oil source as a bunch of fruits produces 25 percent of its weight worth of clear oil. Whole fruit has 56 percent of its total weight worth of unclarified oil.  This is without including the different kernel-based oil in the nut. This by-product has garnished meals for thousands of years gone by since West Africans began to extract the oil.

We source our palms from the coastal belt of the country, particularly Zanzibar, Pemba islands. Our family growers maintain their elegant trees in fields of between 0.5 and 1 hectare. Here, they use mulch and farmyard compost to maintain the soil fertility. They also keep their plantations free of chemical sprays.

We harvest Tanzania oil palms when they attain 36 months from the date of planting. We maximize on total pickings per season by revisiting the field for the next mature palms every ten days. We only harvest when the fresh fruit bunches (FFB) have ripened long enough for the fruits to appear distinctly enough within a bunch. We cut them whole with clippers alongside individual fruits which we keep together for sorting later.

We process all fresh fruit bunches and individual fruits of Tanzania palms the same day of harvesting so that water does not form. Most of our 18 metric tons of fruit from each hectare go into the processing plant.

We initialize the processing stage for Tanzania palms by heating them at 145 degrees Celsius to easily thresh the fruits from the sticky stalks that form bunches. The process takes place in 1 ½ hour.  We then roll the softened bunches into drums that detach the fruits from the stalks. They then go into the digester machine. This crushes the mesocarp of the fruit and exposes the pulp. It then digests the fibers that contain oil within them.  If there is minimal oil that comes out at this stage, it goes into the beaker for clarification.

We then press the remainder of the crushed mash of fibers in a cold press. This leads to a cake-like substance that is squeezed further to release oil. The follow-up step is clarification. We sieve the debris and stagnant fibers from the oil through a purification tank.  We then steam the liquid that collects at the bottom of the tank into two parts of oil and water. A five-hour settling period separates the two whereby oil collects on top. We skim it and recycle the water for other uses. The oil goes into a drying chamber. If you need, we also process the remaining nut kernel into different oil from that of the pulp.

We pack Tanzania palm in two forms: the raw fruits and the oil. We pack the raw fruits in the same way as dates in polythene bags. We then insert them into cardboard boxes or cartons with ventilation. For the oil, we put it into PET tins, aromatherapy glass jars and plastic cans. We offer these in airtight conditions after vacuuming them to retain freshness. We keep about 12 bottles of oil per carton. We also stick labels on the number of fruits, the net weight, the country of origin and the ingredients in the case of the oil shipment.

We store Tanzania palm in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. We keep it at a temperature of 0 degrees Celsius. We then bring the shipment to the airport via our controlled interior environment trucks. You can expect the shipment to get to your location in the next 1 to 2 days after dispatch from Dar-es-Salaam.

Therefore, if you would like to import some of the oil-producing fruits native to tropical Africa, you now have our Tanzania palm. We carefully choose our farming belts before settling on those with Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certifications. On the quantity parameter, we ensure that there is perpetual supply from our sources before we confirm an order to meet your tonnage request. We also extend very fair rates that do not break the bank. Make your order today!

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