THE PROCESS OF HARVESTING FRUIT FINAL PRODUCTION
Marula trees grow freely in the wild. Local communities play a major role in the entire harvesting process and the profits derived supply a sustainable economic benefit to the broader community. This sustainable supply chain method also ensures the continued regeneration and sustainable harvesting of Marula trees in homesteads and the communal lands for future generations.
During the harvesting season, ladies from local communities are employed to harvest the fruit. Once the fruit is harvested it goes to the processing plant where the fruit is peeled and the soft, juicy flesh produced into juices, yoghurts and other edible products. The next process is to crack the nut and extract the kernels which are cold pressed under carefully controlled conditions to produce the magical Marula oil.
With a global emphasis on green economic sustainability, the marula fruit process; from the field to final product; is all part of the new “green” world now being born, and it ticks all the right boxes:
• green businesses,
• green jobs
• enabling emerging green economies.
Harvesting takes place directly in the veld. From the harvesting point, the fruit is collected by community co-operatives from where it is carefully examined for any non-conforming substance. Healthy fruit is transported to the processing plant, where it is sorted, washed and de-stoned.
The pulp of the fruit is cooled down to 5 degrees Celsius. Once cooled, the product gets pasteurised and aseptically packaged into various packaging sizes.
The stones of the fruit are washed, air dried and sorted. Once this process has been completed, the stones are de-corted (the kernels are extracted). The kernels are then sent to the cold oil processing plant where the oil is extracted. The oil gets filtered and stored in food grade containers to the specification of customer requirements.
The complete process is constantly controlled, measured and monitored under the most stringent hygienic conditions to ensure it complies to all relevant legislation.
All marula products destined for the various end-user markets are laboratory certified. Verification of certification may be obtained from the internationally accredited industry bodies. Contact Dudley McKinight on +27 (0) 957 3391 for more detail.
The production of marula fruit has a zero-waste component, as all waste material i.e. the skin and husk of the fruit is processed for animal feed supplementation, household cleaning products, and activated carbon.