Buy Ethiopia Strawberries Directly From Exporters & Suppliers - Best of 2020 Market Prices
|Varieties||Ever-bearing June bearing Day-neutral bearing|
|Common varieties||Ever-bearing variety|
|Packing||Packed in small cases weighing 250 grams|
|Size||Grade 1-9 berries per250gms punnet Grade 2-15 berries per 250 gms punnet Grade 3-30 berries per 250 gms punnet|
|Season availability||Throughout the year|
|Transport conditions||Transported by air under a low temperature below 5 degrees Celsius Cool and dry conditions.|
Ethiopia strawberries avail high quantities of strawberries both for local and international consumption. Ethiopia strawberries are widely consumed are of the best quality.
Fragaria ananassa are cultivated all over the world for its fruits. The fruit is appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red colors, juicy texture, and sweetness. Ethiopia Strawberries are consumed either fresh or prepared form of jam, pies, ice cream milkshakes, and chocolates.
The first species of strawberries are native to North America and Chile. They later found their way to France as crossbreeding of two species in 1712 hence producing improved species.
Ethiopia began exporting strawberries in 2007 despite being introduced to the horn of Africa in the 17th century. Ethiopia has three main destinations of her strawberries. These are;
- The gulf region, exportation done between April –November
- The United Kingdom, exportation was done between December- February
- South Africa, exportation was done between January – April
The export of strawberries yields about $3.2 million annually. Strawberries in Ethiopia are grown mainly in the Aromatic Ethiopia strawberries are characterized by a stem measuring about 3-6 inches long at the very end, and three fairy leaves are oval-shaped and tooth-like edges. The fruits, when fully developed, have a juicy texture, are lush, red in color, sweet and attractive to the eye.
Ethiopia strawberries are sold in the international market as fresh fruits. The remaining is availed in processed form as jam or juice.
There are three main varieties of strawberries plant, these include;
June bearing plant –they have one monster crop of berries per year, June is a general time forbearing, but they may be early or later depending upon the zone,
Ever-bearing plants –They have a modest-sized crop but can start producing as soon as they are exposed to 12 hours daylight and continue bearing fruits until the end of summer.
Day-neutral strawberry plant –they have three peak periods of fruiting. Usually, these begin as early as June, mid-July and late August, hence provides an excellent spread outcrop.
Ethiopia’s climatic conditions are perfect for the growth of strawberries. Ethiopia is located at 1800 meters above sea level and has temperature averaging between 22-28 degrees Celsius. These conditions are favorable for the growth of Ethiopia strawberries. Ethiopia Strawberries are grown on raised beds to control weeds and promote water drainage.
Farmers do mulching around the plant to help retain the soil. They also use compost mature to improve soil fertility and hence produce natural strawberries.
Ethiopia strawberries take about 75-90 days to fully mature. The fruits are available throughout the year.
Ethiopia strawberries are obtained by picking every day of the week in the early mornings. After picking, the fruits are placed in cooling chains. They are placed in a pre-cooling condition for 1-2 days and they can be availed to the local market for consumption.
The berries meant for export are stored in specialized warehouses in Addis Ababa airport to be transported within 24hours. Berries are placed in small cases weighing 250 grams, which are then packed in small-sized packs.
Grading has three categories; grade one fruits, which are nine strawberries in every pack, grade two strawberries range between 15-25 strawberries per punnet, and the third grade contains 28-32 strawberries per pack.
The fruits are pre-cooled in conditions slightly above 5 degrees Celsius, which helps the fruits from shrinking and losing their water content.
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