The mango (Mangifera indica) belongs to the sumac family and is one of the oldest cultivated stone fruits in the world. Originally from South Asia, it has developed into a globally appreciated fruit with a wide variety of cultivars. There are two types of modern mango: the "Indian type" and the "Southeast Asian type", the latter being grown mainly in Kenya.
The organic mango for LIMBUA grows on the organic mixed farms of local smallholders as an evergreen tree (Mangifera indica) and requires warm, tropical or subtropical conditions to thrive optimally. The trees can reach an impressive height of up to 30-40 meters, with a lifespan of up to 300 years. It takes around four to five months from flowering to ripening of the fruit.
Depending on the variety, the ripe fruits differ in size, shape, color, sweetness and eating quality. Depending on the variety, the fruits are yellow, orange, red or green.
The smallholder farmers' organic mixed farms are located in the immediate vicinity of the modern LIMBUA production facility, which means that the transportation routes for the tropical fruit are very short. This ensures that freshly harvested fruit is processed.
After harvesting, all the produce is transported to the production facility on the same day in specially ventilated harvest crates for controlled ripening. This is where the fruit is processed promptly, as the quality of the fruit determines the quality of the end product: the dried organic mango.
LIMBUA relies on a high proportion of manual labor for the peeling, cutting and pitting steps:
Finally, the organic mango pieces are dried using a gentle raw food air-drying process without the addition of sugar.
The purchase and processing of organic mangoes thus provides the region with an additional source of income and jobs. The sustainable cultivation and income also improves the local infrastructure.
The dried organic mango from LIMBUA is therefore not only a delicious snack, but also a healthy choice - available for retail in bulk of 8 kg. The fruit is grown, harvested and processed under strict quality controls.
Their natural ripening process and organic cultivation contribute to their unique taste and optimal nutritional composition: the dried fruits contain many vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium, as well as fiber and antioxidants. A treat that not only delights the palate, but also contributes to sustainable agriculture.