Buy Lettuce Online From Kenya Exporters
Are you looking for a reliable Kenyan lettuce exporter? Look no further than FrutPlanet. We have helped millions of customers buy lettuce online and other fresh agricultural produce. Whether you want to order while in Europe, Australia, or the Middle East, FrutPlanet can source and deliver different types of lettuce. We export high-quality organic lettuce.
Where Does Lettuce Come From?
There’s conflicting information on where lettuce originated from, but many historians point to the Mediterranean area, Europe, or Asia. Documentation establishes Ancient Egyptians as the first to practice lettuce farming over 6,000 years ago.
Today, lettuce is grown all over the world. China, the United States, India, Italy, and Spain lead in lettuce farming worldwide. In Africa, Kenya and South Africa are among the top-producing nations.
The commercialisation of lettuce in Kenya began around the 1970s, although most farmers could sell it locally. Export-oriented lettuce farms were established in the 1980s. Kenyans, except those from dry regions like North Eastern and southern Kenya, have increasingly ventured into lettuce farming over the years.
In 2021, Kenya exported 142.93K metric tonnes of fresh lettuce worth US$472,020. Unfortunately, the value of lettuce exports declined in 2020 because the world was battling a pandemic.
Between 2017 and 2019, experts valued lettuce exports at $13,000 to $39,000. With the stabilisation of economies, we are looking forward to increased exports, with projections showing the market could hit a million dollars in 2023.
Where Does Lettuce Come From Kenya?
A high percentage of lettuce supplies is mainly from farmers in Trans-Nzoia, Kiambu, Nyeri, Uasin-Gishu, Nakuru, Nandi, Laikipia, Kisii, Bungoma, and Kericho.
Since most are small-scale lettuce farmers, it is not easy to supply globally. That’s why FrutPlanet partners with them to deliver fresh, organic lettuce to customers who buy lettuce online. We have a strong market presence, especially in Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.
Lettuce Health Benefits
There are several benefits of eating lettuce. But the lettuce health benefits vary depending on the lettuce varieties you eat. They mostly contain plenty of vitamin A and some vitamin K, C, and iron. This nutrients help strengthen the bones, as well as improve sleep and vision. Since lettuce is 95% water, it helps keep the body hydrated.
Types Of Lettuce Grown In Kenya
The types of lettuce grown in Kenya fall into four categories: head lettuce, leaf lettuce, celtuce lettuce, and romaine lettuce. Under head lettuce, we have popular lettuce varieties like iceberg and butterhead lettuce. Leaf lettuce has loose leaves, unlike head lettuce with a round compact shape. Farmers also grow the green, red, speckled, and bronze romaine varieties. Celtuce lettuce is less common. Only about 10% of Kenyan lettuce farmers grow it. But no matter the types of lettuce you need, FrutPlanet has you covered.
Price Of Lettuce
The wholesale price of lettuce in 2022 is US$1.7 to US$4.14 per kilogram,depending on the type of lettuce and market factors. The lettuce price in Kenyan Shillings is between KES 206.382 and KES 451.29 per kg.
Head lettuce varieties are cheaper. For example, the iceberg lettuce price on the lower end is around US$2 per kg. The price of romaine lettuce is above US$3, higher than the iceberg lettuce price in most cases.
Please note that the price of lettuce is constantly changing each year. In 2019, 1 kg of lettuce price was approximately US$4.29. The previous years, 2017 and 2018, recorded low lettuce prices of US$1.08 and US$2.20. There was a high lettuce supply during this period. The low-price trend repeated in 2020 and early 2021 because COVID-19 led to economies shutting down exports and imports.
Lettuce Harvesting, Sorting And Packaging
After lettuce harvesting, the vegetables are transported to our nearest packing sheds and houses for cleaning, sorting, and packaging. We have a highly experienced team in processing farm produce in the best way possible to ensure safety and quality when you buy lettuce online.
Our sorters individually inspect the different types of lettuce, and grade them according to colour, size, defects, and other visual characteristics. It is a rigorous and time-consuming process, but we have a bigger team to make the processing more efficient, starting from the lettuce harvesting stage.
We pass the freshly sorted lettuce to our professional team of packers. Our crew packs the vegetables in well-ventilated boxes of unique heights. The packaging boxes are designed for bulky lettuce shipments to minimise damage.
Our commodities are subject to thorough inspections by KEPHIS and other boards. Therefore, you are guaranteed hygienically packaged fresh produce.
Buy lettuce online today from FrutPlanet, and we will undoubtedly meet and exceed your timeline and quality expectations the first time.
Lettuce Delivery By Frutplanet Exporters
You can always turn to FrutPlanet and buy lettuce online when you want your package shipped quickly by air. Thanks to our extensive network, we can source and ship lettuce in bulk the same day you place an order on F.0.B or C.I.F terms. We handle all the logistics, and the shipment process can take 2-4 days.
After confirming your quote to buy lettuce online, our team sources the freshest lettuce directly from farmers in our network. They are located mainly in Trans-Nzoia, Kiambu, Nyeri, Uasin-Gishu, Nakuru, Laikipia, Kisii, Narok, Bungoma, Kakamega, Nandi, and Kericho. For your peace of mind, we partner with HCDA-approved and certified farmers. They use farming methods that align with our international quality standards and regulations.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fresh Lettuce
How To Keep Iceberg Lettuce Fresh?
Experts provide several tips on how to keep iceberg lettuce fresh. All agree that lettuce belongs in the crisper drawer of your fridge. But don’t wash it before placing it in the freezer.
How Long Is Lettuce Good For?
With proper storage, lettuce is usually good for consumption within 7-10 days. Iceberg and romaine lettuce can last up to 20 days.
Is Lettuce A Vegetable?
Yes, lettuce is a vegetable.
How Much Is Lettuce Per Kilo?
The price of lettuce per kilogram is US$2.2 to US$4.14. 1 kg of lettuce price in Kenyan Shillings is KES 451.29. Request a quote today to buy lettuce online.
What Lettuce Is Best To Buy?
Most customers who buy lettuce online from us gravitate towards the iceberg and romaine lettuce varieties. They have pleasantly unique flavours.
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