a short section covering measures and techniques that are required to carry out the processing
a description of post harvest processing and then details of the specific processes for each of the fruits
a section on producing shelf stable products including pickled fruits, non-alcoholic beverages, jam and jelly, dried fruits, fruit leather, candies, preserves and powder with details for the different fruits
finally a section aimed at introducing the business issues and providing the necessary information for a person entering business for the first time
It is well illustrated and provides a very high level of detail. It also includes a large list of references.
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Even if you don’t have access to these special fruits the information, both technical and business, makes it worth while downloading this manual and keeping it on your computer.
This article lists four trees that are being planted and five, including the baobab, tamirand and marula which are harvested from the wild, that are the focus of increased attention. It identifies the following benefits that have been achieved:
regional sale of jams and juices generates income
using fruit to replaces staples such as maize in local brews has improved nutrition
the use of fruit wine in place of dangerous illicit brews has improved safety
The work has been supported/funded by FARM-Africa and Government agencies which started the work as poverty alleviation and nutritional interventions.
The two difficulties identified are the short harvests and the inability to store unprocessed fruit and the availability of packaging material.
I think this is very promising and am trying to follow up where I can, to try and develop a complete picture of how and what has been achieved. This will help others to benefit from their natural resources. I will also add information on marula from South Africa with time.
I will be looking at what process to use to share the information – in the mean time please leave a comment or contact me with any ideas, thought or information you may have.