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We provide high-quality Rwanda taro to the local and export markets. We source the raw fresh Rwanda taro from family growers in Rwanda.
Rwanda taro (Colocasia esculenta) or amateke in Kinyarwanda is an edible tuber that prefers wet beds to produce tubers and huge leaves. The large surface area of the leaves has made them acquire the common name of ‘elephants-ear.’ A member of the potato family, this plant differs from the potato due to its huge size, root-clinging skin, and hardness. The history of the taro dates back before most other domesticated crops. Its original place of dispersal was south-east Asia. It enjoyed cultivation even before rice, which is one of the earliest domesticated plants. Its introduction in Africa would help alleviate food insecurity.
We source Rwanda taro from Muramba district in the Western Province of the country. Here, family growers cultivate amateke as a food resource and sell the surplus in local markets. Because of scarcity in many areas, the corms fetch a premium price in retail. On our part, we only work with farmers with less than 2 acres which they can manage with organic manure and no chemical sprays.
The nutritional makeup of taro includes a high level of wound-healing vitamin K at 103 percent per serving. The next nutrient in volume is immunity-boosting vitamin C at 63 percent of the daily value. Riboflavin on its part is present at 30 percent of the recommended daily amount. The primary health applications of the tuber include reducing tumor spread. This is because of the anti-cancer antioxidants available in the plant. People fighting indigestion and diabetes may as well try this tuber. It is also good over cardiac problems and skin conditions.
A typical harvest of our Rwanda taro begins in the sixth or eighth month after planting the tubers. We prepare the ground around the plant’s base with garden forks before uprooting it. We then pull off the corm from its marshy ground by glove-clad hands. While still at the farm, we roughly sort sizable, adequately shaped and fresh-looking pieces from misshapen ones before carting them away.
The first step after bringing the harvested Rwanda taro at the warehouse is to clean them. We wash them in bins filled with sanitized water. We then rinse them and afterward trim the fine root threads hanging from them. We make sure that we do not bruise the delicate skins.
We then grade the chosen Rwanda taro according to the attributes of size, shape, weight and healthy appearance. All Grade 1 pieces weigh 1 kilogram but can go to as high as 1.5 kilograms. Pieces which have the same superior qualities but weigh less than 1 kilogram go into Grade 2. We ensure that our graded produce has a garden smell and is firm. To confirm, we prick one piece to ensure that it bleeds white juice, a mark of quality.
We pack Rwanda taro in cartons and cardboard boxes of 10 kilograms in weight. We enclose each piece in mesh to reduce contamination and keep them free of physical contact. The mesh also provides proper ventilation. This wrapping is also multipurpose as it helps to display the produce in grocery stores. We finish the packing bit by attaching self-adhesive labels of the name of the produce, the country of origin, the net weight and the packing date.
We store Rwanda taro at the cool temperature of less than 10 degrees Celsius. This temperature is ideal for preventing rot which occurs at freezing temperatures. We faithfully deliver the produce after temporary storage at Kigali International on the same day of packing. We use pre-cooled vehicles to ensure that the produce makes its arrival while still fresh.
Simply put your search for Rwanda taro, which is mostly East African taro (C. esculenta L. Schott), is now over courtesy of us. We obtain the produce from family growers in the heart of Western Rwanda where it grows under Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) terms. You can expect the produce to reach your destination while still fresh in a few days as possible due to our phytosanitary handling and climatic control. We keep tonnage at the maximum by ensuring there is a seasonal surplus. Besides, our prices are among the lowest in the Great Lakes and East African regions. Make an order today!
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