You probably often ask yourself about our products' origin and processing, especially with exotic fruits like mango. In our opinion, good food also requires knowledge about where food comes from and how it finds its way into your own pantry. To help you understand where our products come from and how our production and supply chains work, we would like to answer all your questions in this blog article. The whole journey is explained to you using the example of our dried organic mango brooks from Burkina Faso.
Which dried mango is the best?
For us, everything starts with Tasting Tuesday. Because before we look to Burkina Faso, we first have to decide in our Berlin office which product should be included in our range. To do this, we taste our way through a multitude of dried mangoes in all shapes, colours and sizes and of the most diverse origins. The taste, aroma and quality of the fruit flesh are far more varied than one might imagine at first glance. As soon as the decision is made, our first order goes out to the chosen supplier. In our case, this is an order for dried organic mango brooks from Burkina Faso. But what happens when our order arrives in Burkina Faso?
Dried mangoes straight from the field
The landscape in Burkina Faso is characterised by a tropical climate and diverse savannah landscapes. The sometimes very high average temperatures give the mangoes their unique, sweet taste. Burkina Faso translates as "the land of the upright man". This also seems to apply to the evergreen mango trees, as they can reach a height of 45 metres and their fruits can weigh up to 2 kg. Mango trees are not only an important factor in local agriculture, but also play a significant role in protecting farmland from desertification. Seasonally, there is an abundance of mango fruit in Burkina Faso. For just one kilo of dried mango, about 18 to 25 kg of Brooks mangoes are needed. Can you imagine that?
Cultivation, harvesting and drying - all this takes place in Burkina Faso in Western Africa. Between March and July, the mangoes are harvested when they are not quite ripe, sorted and peeled and prepared for drying. During the drying process, the water is gently removed from the mangoes in an oven at 70 degrees. This drying process takes between 20 and 24 hours. But: the effort is worth it!
Mangoes are ripe for harvesting from about June to the end of July. The right degree of ripeness is not so easy for a novice to recognise. In the supermarket, we often reach for the reddish-yellow mango in order to get hold of a fruit that is supposedly fully ripe. But the reddish colour does not necessarily mean that the fruit is ripe. The colour of a ripe fruit can vary. Whether green, yellow, red or with black spots - the decisive factor is the smell of the fruit and the hardness of the flesh. The decisive factor is that the mango is soft and juicy and has a sweet aroma - then it is perfect!
Packaged and labelled in Burkina Faso
Before the mangoes make their way to Germany, they are peeled, cut into thin strips and dried on site. In addition, the mangoes are already packed airtight in our value packs and labelled. To ensure that the mango reaches your home without any detours, we rely on functional labels that are printed out by the producers themselves using thermal transfer printers and can usually be attached just a few metres from the field. This way, the first packaging is also the final packaging. As a result, our fruit is particularly fresh and juicy and we do not use any unnecessary resources.
Started from Burkina Faso now they’re here
But how does the journey continue? In the next step, the already packed mangoes are shipped to Germany and driven to the KoRo warehouse in Berlin Weißensee. From here it is only a tiny step to your home. As soon as the mangoes arrive at the warehouse, they go online in our shop and are available for you. All product texts must be ready by the delivery date. Only one click separates you from delicious fruity mango strips. Berlin is only a small step in between. As soon as you have placed your order, the mangoes are packed in a shipping box in Berlin Weißensee and sent to your home within 1-3 days.
Dried mango – particularly popular because of its sweet taste
The extremely juicy, somewhat tart and at the same time very sweet mango strips are definitely one of the most popular products in our online shop. Since our mangoes go through the shortest supply chains possible, you can literally taste the African sun. But that's not all: because the mangoes are grown in Burkina Faso under controlled organic conditions and packaged untreated, the dried fruits that now have their place in your pantry contain no additives. No refined sugar, no colourings, no preservatives and no flavour enhancers - simply pure fruit enjoyment from Burkina Faso, with a little diversions via Berlin, directly to your home. Pretty cool, isn't it?
The journey is over: the mangoes have made their way. Once they arrive at your place, you can use them in any way you like. Enjoy them.