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Ethiopia garlic (Allium sativum L.) thrives in the northwestern areas of the country. The nation grows many unique varieties including Kuriftu and Tseda. There are also the BishoftuMech and ‘Local’ cultivars. A single hectare in the country produces around 16 tons per harvest in the good season. The harvesting period takes place on average from 90 top 123 days of planting though this can go to as long 176 days in the MM-98 variety.
Garlic, which is a part of the onion family in the genus Allium first came to prominence in Central Asia, its native home. It then spread to all kinds of weather zones including subtropical, temperate and even wintry places. The distinctly white type of onion first appeared in cultivated form 5200 years ago in Egypt and the southern Mediterranean.
We source our Ethiopia garlic from the northwestern tip of the country in the district of Dabat. The place is home to a wide variety of the plant, with the main varieties being Local and Kuriftu. The Local cultivar usually is the hardiest with around 23.86 percent of dry matter when still fresh. We source the produce from family growers who usually have at least 1 to 1.5 hectares of land.
We also harvest different common varieties of garlic including the soft neck variety. This is characterized by a medium soft-necked upper part. It is usually great for use in warm climates like that of Ethiopia. The other variety is Stiffneck, whose main characteristic is a single ring of outer skin around the neck area. They have a hard-skinned exterior that makes them long lasting and store well. We also offer the Great-headed variety. Though it is immune to diseases, it has a flavor that apes that of the common onion and contains multiple layers of clove and huge bulbs.
Garlic is rich in fiber at 21.1 grams per serving while the starch content stands at 33 grams. The calcium content is as high as 18 percent of the daily requirement. Vitamin C, for boosting immunity against diseases represents 52 percent of the daily value while that of vitamin B-6 is 60 percent. The garlic fruit contains zero percent of fat or sodium, thus being great for heart health.
We harvest Ethiopia garlic in as few as three months after planting. During each harvest, our family growers work hand-in-hand with the supervising agents to ensure the right uprooting. They use spades or garden forks to carefully pull out the bulbs off the ground. They then put them on the dry ground so that they can cure well. We put each harvest on bunches of around four to six bulbs for fast drying. We keep them under a well-ventilated packing shed where they dry.
We pack Ethiopia garlic in bags with wide meshes for air circulation owing to the short shelf life. We pack the garlic in loose format of between 5, 20, 22 and 30 pounds in cartons. We also have small mesh bags or trays that can be easy to carry for retail purposes. We keep each under a film lining to prevent the loss of taste and aroma during transit.
We transport the garlic in special bulk transportation trucks that consist of refrigerated interiors. We keep the palletized boxes or stacked bags in a proper arrangement inside the vehicle to prevent friction. We then pre-cool the produce to around 4 degrees Celsius for long-term transit.
We store the Ethiopia garlic after curing in a cool dry area after wrapping them with polyurethane wrappers to remove the moisture. Before each packing process, we meticulously remove any sediments or dirt from the white produce. We then replace them in the wrappers for further drying, and whenever one of the materials becomes dirty, we exchange it with another. We keep the bulbs at temperatures of around 4 degrees Celsius. The area of storage is usually dry and with no sign of moisture. This way, they can store for even months.
Thus, if you are looking forward for the highest quality Ethiopia garlic, look no further than from us. We offer seasonal garlics from the heart of the northern and southern-western areas. Our family growers usually have Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certifications. Our produce does not usually have more than 0.01 percent of the minimum residual levels (MRLs) as the farmers rarely use sprays. If you are seeking the right, cheap pricing, then you can count on us. Our supply quantity matches the quality, in the right tonnage, whereas the delivery comes to you in as few as one to two days of the dispatch. Make an order today!
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