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Summary
Varieties Smooth cayenne, Queen pineapples
Size Blanched into 3 cm strips
Seasons February March
Packing 1 kg packets
Storage 15-22 degrees Celsius, cool dry conditions.
Transport Conditions 15-22 degrees Celsius, cool dry containers

Tanzania pineapple grows well in sandy soils in the coastline of Tanzania. Popularly known as Nanasi, the fruit is one of the most recognizable in the local market. Almost all the traders in Tanzania are small scale traders who harvest and dry the fruit, then pack it in small packets ready for sale. Tanzania dried pineapples are as nutritious as raw pineapples, only that they do not contain the moisture content. Each serving provides almost 80 per cent of the recommended daily value for vitamin C, A, and B6.

Every 100g of dried pineapples contain a total of 10g sugar. They are therefore used for baking, and also sold as snacks. In Tanzania, pineapples are mostly grown in the North-Western part in Karagwe district. They sell the dried fruits both locally and internationally.

Dried pineapple trade was brought to Tanzania by Mexicans who had a sweet tooth for dried fruits in the 1970s. This was due to surplus production of pineapples, which led to innovation to increase the fruit’s lifespan.

There are many types of pineapples grown in Tanzania, but not all can be dried. The following are types of dried pineapples.

  1. Smooth cayenne

This type of pineapple is spineless and has an exceptionally sweet taste when dried. It has a tart flavour and is quite acidic. When packed, it is deep yellow in colour.

  1. Abacaxi

This is white when dried and packed. It has a slightly less sugary taste and is less tarty compared to smooth cayenne variety. Abacaxi pineapple has a shorter shelf life even when dried compared to the other types.

  1. Queen

The queen pineapple has a darker yellow shade when dried and contains a high percentage of sugar hence sweeter than abacaxi and cayenne.

  1. Red Spanish

This pineapple has a very rough texture when dried, and it contains more fibre hence suitable for chewing. It has white flesh but turns yellow when dried.

Pineapples in Tanzania grow well in the sandy soils of the coast, especially in Bagamoyo. For optimal growth, pineapples require hot and humid climate. The pineapple fruit grows up to 2 feet tall and takes 15 months before maturing. Unripe pineapples weigh between 3 to 5 kgs. The month of December is the peak for harvesting, whereby the pineapples are taken to a cold room for cooling after. They are then washed in clean water, peeled, then placed in single layers on dehydrator trays. They are dehydrated at 135 degrees Celcius for up to 16 hours while turning them after every 8 hours to ensure even drying. After dehydration, the fruit is firm, chewy and slightly sticky. The eyes are removed using a melon baller then they are sliced thinly.

After drying, they are packed into poly weave vacuum bags of 1 kg each. They are then arranged in carton boxes each containing 24 pieces.

Tanzania exports most of its dried pineapples to India and Europe.

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