Kenya provides high-quality beetroot to the local and export market. Through good farming practices high quality beetroot is a guarantee.
Kenya beetroot is a robust, nutritious vegetative fruit with a healthy pink colour on the fruit, root, and stem, and bright green colour on the leaves. The tuber can also come in a variety of hues, such as red, white, or gold.
Kenyan beetroot comes from the country’s greatest family producers’ locations. The weather and soil conditions in these places are ideal for the plant’s optimum development. The vegetable demands a cool climate with moderate sunlight levels of 18 to 25 degrees Celsius. It thrives all year under a constant supply of water, usually in ditches with a spacing of 30 centimetres between them. Each seedling, on the other hand, just has to be 10 cm apart in loamy or somewhat sandy soil.
If Kenya’s beetroot is to give good yields, it must be well-maintained. For example, weeds emerge early due to the soggy condition of the furrows, necessitating the adoption of adequate de-weeding methods. Instead of utilizing commercial de-weeding products, most of our family producers do it themselves.
The Kenyan beetroot is a highly nutritious plant, and the following is a summary of some of its health benefits for someone who consumes it on a regular basis as a fruit, cooked vegetable salad, or processed juice:
Lowers high blood pressure:
According to research published in 2010, consuming beetroot juice concentrate reduces elevated blood levels in people. The result is that the fruit’s nitrate ingredient fights harmful cholesterol, hence preventing heart disease.
Dementia is a brain illness that arises when there is a lack of oxygen in the cells, a condition that is alleviated through drinking the juice from this fruit.
Unlike other beetroot subspecies that have a lot of sugar, Kenya’s beetroot is mostly unsaturated sugar and contains alpha-lopic, an acid that lowers blood sugar levels.
Improves athleticism: Beetroot, as a mainstay of starch, includes significant amounts of energy-giving components, as well as nitrate juice, which supplies oxygen to muscles.
Beetroot promotes digestion and fights gastrointestinal ailments like constipation thanks to its fibre content.
You don’t need to add any more water to the Kenya beetroot juice to enjoy it because it contains 88 per cent water.
Kenya beetroot has a variety of culinary applications depending on the region of the world where the market is. People in the Far East eat the leaves as part of their meal. Its roots are not edible. Nevertheless, they are used in food colouring due to their high chemical content. Beets are pickled, boiled, or stir-fried, depending on your preference.
Export market prices for Kenya beetroot, salsify & celeriac
Beetroot, salsify, and celeriac prices have dropped on the market. Before 2019, 1 kilogram of beetroot, salsify, and celeriac cost $0.16 in 2017 and $0.61 in 2018. The export price increased by 308.537 per cent to $2.50 per kilo in 2019.
Export values for Kenya beetroot
For the years 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, the total export values for beetroot, salsify, and celeriac in Kenya were US$ 30, US$ 16, US$ 41, and US$ 13 in US dollar thousand, respectively.
Additionally, for the years 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, the prices of beetroot, salsify, and celeriac per tonne in Kenya were US$ 294.12, US$ 155.34, US$ 611.94, and US$ 3,250.00, respectively.
More so, for the years 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, the total export values for beetroot, salsify, and celeriac in Kenya were US$ 30, US$ 16, US$ 41, and US$ 13 in US dollar thousand, respectively.
Kenya beetroot wholesale price
Its projected, kenya beetroot will cost between US$ 3.25 and US$ 0.61 per kilogram. It translates as (US$ 1.47 and US$ 0.28 per pound) in 2022. (lb).
The price per kilogram is KES 354.03 in Kenyan Shillings. In Mombasa and Nairobi, the average price for a tonne is US$ 3250.