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AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS OF TREE TOMATO

Have you ever heard of Tree-tomato? Have you ever tasted this delicious variety of tomatoes packed with vitamins and many other benefits? If not, then this post is for you!

What is Tree-tomato?

Juicy, sweet and citric, Tree-tomato is a small oval-shaped fruit. Also known as Tamarillo tree tomatoes are thought to have originated in the semitropical high-altitude Andes forest of Brazil and Peru. Tree-tomato, also known as “Tree Tomato”, is now cultivated in many parts of the world. One of the largest producers of tree-tomato is New Zealand. The name was revised to differentiate it from the ordinary tomatoes, thus emphasizing on its exotic variety. Tree tomato farming is gaining popularity in East Africa and especially Kenya where it is earning farmers a lot of money.

  • Vitamins:

Tree-tomato is packed with vitamins A, C, E and pro-vitamin A. It has a good source of B-complex vitamins such as niacin, thiamine, and riboflavin. Other nutrients in tree-tomato are carbohydrates, protein, fat, calcium, potassium and sodium. It also contains minerals such as, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, copper, zinc and iron. It is fortified with many nutrients that help improve the immune system.

  • Aids Weight Loss:

It is beneficial for people who want to lose weight. Consumed raw, sprinkled with herbs or in the form of salads, the juice of tree-tomato acts as a detoxifier when consumed. Its acidic properties help cut down fat. Exercising, in addition, can accelerate the results of weight loss.

  • Good For Skin:

Tree-tomato offers vitamins A, C and E to ensure your skin stays healthy and radiant. Anthocyanin, phenols and flavonoids protect the skin from oxidative stress, pollution. Tree-tomato also helps in anti-aging. Just as regular tomatoes, these can be used in home remedies for various skin problems.

  • Helps Control Diabetes:

The chlorogenic acid present in tree-tomato helps lower blood sugar levels in type-II diabetes mellitus. Tree-tomato contains excellent antioxidants, which can reduce oxidative stress in organs such as the pancreas and the liver. Eating the pulp of tree-tomato, or consuming its juice on a light stomach would ensure better results.

  • Cures Inflamed Tonsils:

In Ecuador, the natives warmed tree-tomato leaves and wrapped them around the neck to treat inflamed tonsils. The absorption of heat via leaves helps reduce pain. The Columbians make a poultice of the fruit by cooking it in embers for external medicinal use.

  • Treats High Blood Pressure:

Increase your tree-tomato intake to lower the levels of high blood pressure. Loaded with good sources of minerals and potassium, this fruit helps control blood pressure.

  • Good For Heart:

Potassium, a nutrient abundantly present in tree-tomato, helps to balance the harmful effects of high sodium levels in the heart. It provides magnesium for the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system. Also, tree-tomato contains high fiber content that helps restrain absorption of bad cholesterol in the body. Due to its excellent antioxidant properties, it helps reduce oxidative stress that may otherwise lead to stroke.

 

ALSO READ: Commercial Kiwifruit farming in Kenya

 

  • Eyesight:

Tree-tomato fruits are also very good for maintaining healthy eyesight. Vitamin A restores the moisture of the membranes of the eyes which act as a barrier to bacteria and viruses. It protects the eyes from infections, and reduces the damage of eye disorders such as cataract and macular degeneration.

  • Cancer:

Anthocyanins contained in the darker tree-tomato have potent antioxidants, which help combat free radicals that cause cancer. They also have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that stave off cancerous outbreaks.

Now that you know about tree-tomato health benefits, go ahead and check out one of its recipes!

Tomorilla Sprout Salad:

Serves: 1 person

Time: 10 mins

Ingredients:

  • Tree-tomatos – 2 to 3
  • Multi grain (optional) – 250 grm
  • Onions -1(diced)
  • Green chilli-1 small
  • Cumin seeds– ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 1/2 tsp
  • Garnish of your choice

Preparation:

  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add cumin seeds and sauté for a minute, after which you can add the diced onions and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Once slightly tender, add the multi-grain sprouts and sauté on a high flame.
  • Alternate the flame from low to high, sauté for another 3 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with some water and cover it.
  • Steam it for a minute, and then remove the lid and add the tomatoes.
  • Sauté on a high flame, adding salt.
  • You can season it with Indian or Italian seasoning, which is optional.

 

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TIRED OF GROWING MAIZE AND BEANS, TRY HASS AVOCADOS

TIRED OF GROWING MAIZE AND BEANS, TRY HASS AVOCADOS

Avocado farming in Kenya presents a good opportunity not only for farmers, but a growing population of youths to venture into. The Kenyan market both domestic and export is growing but limited by the production capacity of the current farmers. The most popular variety for the export market is the HASS avocado. Kenya produces an estimated 115,000 metric tons of avocado annually, 70% of which is grown by small-scale farmers. Some years back, most of the avocados were sold in local markets, but this has drastically changed today, where three quarters of the avocado fruit grown is exported to other countries.

CONSUMPTION OF HASS AVOCADO

Global avocado consumption is growing by about three percent every year; however, production growth remains a little behind. For now, the market is big enough for all players involved. Consumption is growing rapidly especially in North America and Europe. At present, Europe is recording high prices due to slow supply. In America, prices remain at a reasonable level. China is a major import market. Worldwide investments in the product are on the rise.

Hass avocado does well in altitudes between 1000m to 2000m. The fruit is generally bigger in cool areas as compared to warm areas. The optimum temperature is 20 to 24 degrees Celsius. Although avocados are resistant to drought, well-distributed rainfall of between 1000-1200mm is adequate for proper crop development. They also require well-drained soils to avoid root rot. The best soils are sandy or alluvial loam with pH ranging from 5 to 7.

Traditionally Kenya is known to grow maize, potatoes and beans, but Kenyans are taking a different path, specializing in growing the Hass avocado variety, which can be intercropped with beans and vegetables in a bid to diversify agribusiness. Beans are known to fix nitrogen in the soil, thus, making it rich for the avocados besides making you as a farmer utilize your farm well and make more money.

YIELD OF HASS AVOCADOS

Hass avocados yield depends on numerous factors which include plant density, disease control, soil fertility among others.

The yield depends on several factors such as proper pest and disease control, plant density, and soil fertility among others. Generally, the average yield of Hass avocados in Kenya is 90,000 fruits per hector.

There is great potential for Hass avocado production in Kenya, especially for export. Some regions especially the central region and the rift valley region have impressive climatic conditions to produce this fruit.

The biggest challenge, however, remains lack of understanding among some farmers on the pesticides minimum residual levels (MRL) guidelines by the European market. Without this crucial information, there is a danger of farmers producing fruits only for them to be rejected by the export companies.

Every effort should be made to sensitise the farmers about these guidelines to ensure the highest export quality of Hass avocado that is produced in Kenya. Oxfarm Organic has experts who will advise on the best ways of cultivating Hass avocados from land preparation all the way to harvesting to ensure maximum returns.

With only Ksh 40,000 investment per acre, Oxfarm Organic can make you earn 10 million in less than 10 years.

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oxfarm organic packages

                           

Oxfarm organic packages

Cost of packages involves the cost of soil testing, land preparation, seedlings and three months management. Management involves visiting the farm on regular basis for advice as well as replacement of non performing seedlings. We can extend the three month management on agreement with the client.

 

Passion fruits

No of seedlings -700

Cost of holes preparation-30 per hole

Cost of manure 23, 000

Cost of planting -@10 per hole 7,000

Cost of seedlings @70

We charge 60,000 per acre which involve the cost of land preparation, seedlings and 3 months monitoring, manure at the cost of the client.

 

HASS AVOCADOS

With only 40,000 per acre, this includes the cost of land preparation, seedlings, planting and three months monitoring.

No of seedlings 150

Cost of seedling @150

Cost of manure 15,000

 

TREE TOMATOES

No of seedlings 1200

Cost per hole @40

Cost of manure; 30,000

Cost per seedling 100

We charge 200,000 per acre which involve the cost of land preparation, seedlings, planting and 3 months management

 

Oranges/lemons/lime/Tangerines

We charge 45,000 per acre. This involves the cost of 200 seedlings, land preparation, planting and three months monitoring

 

Pomegranate

No of seedlings 150

Cost of seedling 300

We charge 60,000 per acre, it involves the cost of seedlings, land preparation, planting and three months monitoring.

 

Pawpaw

No of seedlings 900

Cost per seedling 50

Cost of package 90,000

Macadamia

No of seedlings per acre 150

Cost per seedlings 400

Cost of package 80,000