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We provide high-quality Rwanda edible aroids to the local and export markets. We source the raw fresh Rwanda edible aroids from family growers in the country.
Rwanda edible aroids comprise culinary roots outside the potato family. The main ones include taro and yautia/tannia. They all have similar characteristics such as elephant-ear leaves, large corms and distinctive neutral taste. The taro, for example, has a thick, hard tuber with purplish flesh and so does yautia. The only differences are the sizes of the corms, the texture and color of the skin as well as the flesh hue. No matter their slight differences, they all go under the common Kinyarwanda term for taro, amateke.
Scientifically known as Xanthosoma sagittifolium, Rwanda yautia or tannia is an edible aroid that may look like a yam and taro. In fact, in some parts of the world like the Caribbean, many people do not distinguish between tannia and yautia. They call them the same indiscriminately. In Rwanda, people mix this corm after boiling it with dough to make nutritious amateke flour.
In appearance, yautia has a shaggy exterior which can be a bit hairy with roots upon harvest. The skin is rough, bumpy and brown in color. Unlike taro which is mostly firm-fleshed, the flesh in this tuber is slippery but uniform. The plant grows up to 2 meters high, while the corms look like interbred from yams and taro only that they are slightly curved. The flower is dull and may not even hover above the dwarfing leaves.
Some of the nutritional benefits of Rwanda yautia including rich minerals have made it have the tag of ‘miracle food.’ It has three times the dietary fiber content for good digestion as the common potato. It also improves cell metabolism and boosts blood oxygen by its high levels of vitamin B6. It is also a good healthy resource for improving brain function, a great antioxidant, a detoxifying agent with its high water and potassium content and stable food to eat during pregnancy.
Scientifically known as Colocasia esculenta, taro is among Rwanda aroids that are most prominent in use. It prefers river beds and marshy grounds to grow. Its large leaf formation has given it the term ‘elephant’s ear.’ It is hard, patchy-skinned and with solid flesh. Unlike yautia that sprang from South America, the origin of taro was south-east Asia. It is, in fact, older in domestication timeline than rice, which makes it among the earliest crops for man to cultivate. It is now common to find in Africa not only Rwanda.
Our main source of this member of Rwanda aroids is Muramba district in the west of the nation. Amateke, as it is common in Kinyarwanda, is a premium-priced corm in comparison with sweet potatoes due to its relative scarcity.
Harvesting and Packing
We harvest Rwanda aroids in the same manner. We wait for the plants to develop until their eighth month. When the foliage yellows, we dig up the corms up with garden forks gently. We pull them off the ground by hand. In the case of yautia/tannia, there are small, multiple tubers by the name of cormels that we take care not to injure. We retain the taproot after the extraction of the cormels to encourage fresh growth.
We prepare the harvested cormels or corms by scraping them clean. We also use water to minimally remove the dirt. We grade the tubers with their trimmed roots based on the size and healthy appearance. For taro, Grade 1 includes corms that are 1 kilogram and above. Grade 2 is made up of 1 kilogram and below. We then pack the produce in boxes.
We pack Rwanda edible aroids in cardboard boxes as well as cartons. Our standard weight measure is 10 kilos. We wrap each piece in mesh for aeration and proper handling on transit. We complete packing by attaching labels of the produce name, the country of origin, the net weight and the packing date.
We store Rwanda edible roots at less than 10 degrees Celsius for taro and average 7 degrees Celsius for yautia. We maintain a relative humidity of 80 percent. The combined conditions provide a 26-week shelf life for the produce.
We transport the edible aroids to the airport in Kigali on the same day of packing via refrigerated trucks. The cargo makes it to your destination on the same day or a day thereafter depending on your part of the world.
In short, whether you are into taro or tannia, you now have the perfect provider of Rwanda edible aroids straight from family growers. All of our sources grow the crops under Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) conditions. In terms of quantity, we meet your specific quota by being in touch with family growers throughout the order period for surplus. Besides, we offer very competitive prices. Make an order today!
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