ORANGE FRUITS INVESTMENT

The orange tree is an evergreen, flowering tree, with an average height of 9 to 10 m (30 to 33 ft), although some very old specimens can reach 15 m (49 ft). Its oval leaves, alternately arranged, are 4 to 10 cm (1.6 to 3.9 in) long and have crenulate margins. Some of the varieties grown in Kenya are Sweet oranges (Citrus sinensis) Limes (C. aurantifolia) Grapefruits (C. paradisi) Lemons (C. limon) Mandarins (C. reticulata). Being a citrus fruit, the orange is acidic: its pH levels are as low as 2.9, and as high as 4.0…

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New Mango breeds promise fortune for farmers

More than 500 farmers in Kilifi and Malindi are growing five new commercial mango breeds with yield potential of 10 times conventional varieties. The new drive is aimed at taking the returns from local mango farming to new highs. Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (Kari) has brought in five new mango varieties from Florida, in the US. The varieties include Haden, Tommy Atkins, Van Dyke, Sensation and Kent. They yield between 1,000 to 1,200 fruits per tree. The move will increase yields for farmers who were previously growing conventional mango varieties…

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Mango varieties in kenya

Francis Francis has a deliciously spicy and sweet taste. The flesh has fibers but is very soft and juicy. Francis is Bright yellow in color with green overtones and flaunts an elongated and sigmoid S-shape. Owing to the fibrous flesh, Francis may not be a popular choice for salads, but it finds great use in chutneys due to its tangy flavor.       Glenn Glenn is an excellent choice among various varieties of mango. It has a sweet, silky and peachy flavor and an exotic odor which make it…

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Surprising Benefits of Mangoes

When you savor delicious and succulent mangoes every season, you probably don’t think about the immense health benefits coming with every bite. A common nickname for mangoes is actually ‘the king of fruits’. Beyond the sweet, luscious taste of mangoes, they also contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that assure your optimum health. For decades, mangoes have been used to soothe stomachs. Similar to papayas, they contain certain enzymes with stomach comforting properties. As the popularity of mangoes has spread, many food manufacturers have introduced jellies, jams, squash, pickles,…

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Passion Fruit Benefits and why you should grow them

Passion fruit is an intriguing and mysterious fruit that has a surprising number of health and medicinal benefits for those fruit lovers who add it to their diet. Some of these benefits include passion fruit’s ability to prevent cancerous growth, stimulate digestion, boost immune function, improve eyesight, increase skin health, regulate fluid balance in the body, lower blood pressure, boost circulation, and improve bone mineral density. Furthermore, it reduces signs of premature aging, lessens inflammation, improves sleeping habits, and eliminates asthma. Passion fruit looks a little strange growing on its creeper…

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Earn more on tree tomato farming

There are very few farmers who grow tree tomatoes for the market. Tree tomatoes are easy to grow, resistant to diseases and in great demand. Tree tomato is a small, half woody plant with shallow roots. It grows to an average height of 3.5 – 5.0 m depending on the variety. It produces an egg-shaped oval fruit. The fruit tree prefers well-drained soils and grows best in climates with long hours of sunlight. In hot and dry climates, the trees may require shade to maintain adequate moisture in the soil. The…

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How to grow kiwi fruits in kenya

Kiwi is a rapidly growing vining plant that produces delicious, bright green fruit with a non-edible fuzzy brown exterior. The fruit is the most nutritious fruit in the world.Kiwi is a temperate fruit and it can do well in the temperate regions of Kenya like Central, Western highlands, Central Rift Valley and others. It can grow in a wide range of soils provided they are well-drained and have pH of 5.0 and 6.5. In order for the plant to set fruit, both male and female kiwi vines are necessary; in…

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