Avocado Exporters in Kenya
Kenya is Africa’s second-largest avocado growing and exporting country in Africa.
The main variety grown in Kenya is a local variety, referred to as “Kienyeji”, followed by Fuerte variety and then Hass variety. The Pinkerton avocado cultivar is also grown in Kenya although in way smaller quantities.
Packing of avocados in Kenya is done in 4 kg gross boxes (cartons) with each box holding between 9 and 26 pieces of fruit depending on the size. In the case where the fruits are shipped by sea, the fruits are packed in 4 kg- gross open trays that are firm enough to withstand moisture in the controlled atmosphere (CA) reefers.
The main season for Kenya avocados is March to September with Fuerte being available from March and Hass variety being available from May. However, it is worth noting that given the tropical climate and different avocado growing zones in Kenya, there are fruits throughout the year although in smaller quantities outside the main season period.