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Small Scale Processing of Underutilised Fruits – Free Online Technical Manual

This 96 page manual focusses on lesser know fruits – so much so that I in fact have tasted none of them! The fruits covered are amla, bael, ber, jackfruits,lapsi, persimmon, sugar apple and tamirand.

Processing of Lesser Known Fruits - amla, bael, ber, jackfruits,lapsi, persimmon, sugar apple and tamirand.

from: FAO INPhO
(click to download free manual)

It is divided into four sections.

  • 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.

Packaging Lesser known fruit juices 1

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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.

Indigenous Fruit Use – Tanzania

Following on my previous blog on the the potential of indigenous fruits in AfricaI today read an article on progress that has been made in Tanzania.

The Daily Fruit Wine_ Incentive Program in Africa is turning indigenous Fruit into Wine..jpg


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.