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We provide high quality Ethiopia lovages to the local and export market. We source the raw fresh Ethiopia lovages from family growers from the country.
Ethiopia lovage (Levisticum official) is a tall herb that exists alone in its botanical family. The ‘love herb’ reaches up to 2.5 meters in height and produces distinguished thick flowers that are flat. The leaves are usually segmented three times per stalk and are quite long at 28 inches. It is not clear where the plant is native but the Mediterrannean climate, Iran, Afghanistan and South west Asia are all candidates.
The use of Ethiopia lovage is mainly in the making of soups and seasonings. There are also people who use the roots in cooked form for garnishing salads. It also serves in beverages as a cold season drink especially in Britain. The herb’s oil content is found in both the roots and the leaves reserves. It is also has an extract that controls kidney disease by boosting the discharge of urine. Other uses include treating inflammation, overcoming allergies and curing skin conditions.
We source Ethiopia lovage from the southern region and the northern parts of the country. The plant is one of several herbs including basil and parsley that feature in meals together and have been exported for generations to especially Europe and the Middle-east. Our family growers own less than 1.5 hectares of land, which are key for responsible organic agriculture.
We harvest Ethiopia lovage when the entire plant has achieved an average height of 1.5 meters. We pick the leaves in the early morning hours to keep them in a cool condition before the sun comes up. We also ensure that each leaf has dried its morning dew. This allows easy cleaning without use of water as the latter may reduce the oil content on the leaves’ surfaces. We pick the leaves once the huge flowers that are flattish first appear. We then seal the plastic bags containing the produce for transportation to the packing shed for sorting.
We pack lovage in produce boxes. We keep from half a dozen to 24 bunches per produce box. Each box is usually half a bushel in size. To protect the leaves from external friction, we also use clamshells as packaging material. We wrap each bundle in polyethelene linings with perforations. The material keeps the content well-hydrated and to maintain long-term freshness. For boxes and crates, we wax them first before lining the interior with plastic.
We store Ethiopia lovage just above freezing point at 0 to 1° Celsius. This can keep the herb for between 21 to 20 days still fresh. We also transport the fresh produce on the same day of harvesting to the airport in Addis Ababa using custom refrigerated vehicles.
Thus, if you would like a supply of high quality Ethiopia lovage, do not hesitate to make us your supplier. We source the produce from Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)-certified family growers. Right from the phytosanitary post-harvest handling by workers who wear plastic gloves to transportation under pre-cooled conditions, we help extend the shelf life of the herb even before it reaches your destination. Our prices are quite competitive and reflect the low prices in Ethiopia. Make an order today with your quantity specifications!
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