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Dried Hibiscus

Its botanical name is Hibiscus Sabdariffa, and Nigeria is the second largest exporter in Africa, behind Sudan, in terms of quality and volume. Harvest period begins in October of every year. The petals are mostly dark red in colour, sun-dried in the open and thereafter processed (cleaned and bagged) for export.

Hibiscus flowers are traded in three forms, whole flowers, siftings and fine cuts. It is a medicinal herb and health food product, used in the pharmaceutical, beverage and confectionery industries. Hibiscus is known to be a relief for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It also cures liver problems and reduces the risk of cancer. In Mexico, it’s used as a garnish and delicacy.

Specification

  • Colour: Dark Red
  • Taste: Sour
  • Moisture: 12% max
  • Admixture: 0.5% max
  • Broken Flowers: 5% max
  • Packing: In new polypropylene bags of 25 kg net
  • Minimum Order: 6 MT (1 X 20’)
  • Delivery: Prompt

Dry Split Ginger

Also known as Zingiber Officinale, ginger is highly valued for its pungency, aroma, high oil and oleoresin contents. Nigeria is the third largest producer of this product in the world with an annual production of 110,000 MT. The harvest starts in October and runs until May. The fresh rhizome is usually split into fairly large pieces and sundried in the open. This process enables the moisture drop to a tolerable level, thus avoiding mouldy splits.

Because of its pungency and aroma, it’s used as a spicing agent in the production of bread, biscuits, tea, beer, etc. When extracted, the oil is used as an additive in the production of confectioneries, perfumes, beverages and pharmaceutical products. The products medicinal qualities help to calm nausea and aid digestion amongst others.

Sesame Seed

Sesame Seed is a small flat seed popular for its culinary and medicinal values

Nigeria produces about 500,000 MT of natural sesame seeds per annum, and ranks third in the global production, behind China and India. The season begins in September of every year. Nigeria has two major types of sesame seeds, namely Kano and Benue. The Benue type is smaller in size, lighter in colour with lower oil content. The Kano type is much bigger in size, darker in colour and has higher oil content. They both appeal to different markets, depending on their applications.

Sesame is used as an ingredient in the production of margarine, sardine, corned beef, etc. It’s used to garnish and decorate confectioneries such as cake, bread, biscuit, burger, sweet, etc. The extracts are used in the production of cosmetics, soap, pharmaceutical and animal feeds.

Specification

  • Purity: 98% min
  • Moisture: 6% max
  • Oil Content: 48% min
  • FFA: 2% max
  • Admixture: 2% max
  • Packing: In new seaworthy polypropylene bags weighing 50kg net
  • Minimum Order: 18 MT (1 x 20’)
  • Delivery: Prompt

GUM ARABIC

Gum Arabic lumps are dry exudates from the tropical trees of acacia Senegal, acacia seyal and combretum. There are three major types, namely grades 1, 2 and 3. It’s traded in three basis forms – lumps, siftings and powder. Nigeria is the second largest producer in the world, behind Sudan. It’s cultivated in the wild, with harvest started in December of every year.

It its processed form, gum arabic finds applications as an emulsifier, thickener, binder, stabilizer and a preserving agent in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, textile and printing industries. It’s edible and essentially used as a stabilizer in soft drinks, binder in cakes and ink in printing. It also finds relevance in the production of paints, glue, cosmetics, textiles and other industrial application.

 

Packing: In new polypropylene bags with inner lining weighing 50 net

Minimum Order: 20 MT (1 x 20’)

Delivery: Prompt

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