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Environmentally friendly producers

Vietnam has a tropical climate. The average annual temperatures of 22 to 27ºC are very conducive to agriculture. Monsoons also influence the tropical temperature of Vietnam. In southern Vietnam, there are two distinct seasons: the dry season (November to April) and the rainy season (May to October).

This climate is conducive to harvesting cashews, coffee, tea and other fine products, obviously, not available as local products in Quebec.

Small farms provide biodiversity by combining a variety of crops in the fields and in the woods of fruit trees, with its cashew nuts.

Nutritional value and our values!

Family Crops makes sure to do business at a fair price with Vietnamese farmers who ensure a diversified production at the human scale of the farmer's family farm.

Cashew tree and it's fruit

Tasty cashew nuts from Vietnam

Visited by Odette Lambert in fall 2019, here is the FamilyCrops food cashew nuts supplier facilities and plantation. Located in southern Vietnam the welcome is warmly done with family member and employees.  Those pictures are showing some different steps such as dehuling, cooking, salting and bulk packaging.

Great peppers

Pepper from Phu Quoc island in Vietnam is one of the great peppers. The sea air of the island contributes to the flavor of this pepper.
Pepper grows on a climbing shrub, the pepper tree. After 10 years of production the deciduous shrub and it must be replaced. On my farms it is possible to have black pepper, red and white.

After flowering the pepper tree, the flower turns into clusters of berries that are harvested at different stages of maturity. These are the berries that once dried are called peppercorns.

The "Piper nigrum" from Vietnam gives green, white, red and black pepper (depending on the level of maturity and type of treatment).

Peppers : black, red, white

To produce BLACK pepper it is necessary to harvest berries (immature green berries) and to dry them in the sun where they darken and age while aroma. Black pepper is used on all types of dishes at the end of cooking because the heat destroys its flavor.

RED pepper: The mature berry is harvested after 9 months and dried out with its red bark. The taste of red pepper is pungent and intense, with a caramelized and powerful scent. It raises the taste of poultry, duck and pork.

WHITE pepper as well as black pepper is harvested immature. The envelope is removed by soaking in water. The seed is dried under the sun and turns white in a natural way. White pepper has the quality of not coloring sauces. Rid of bark,
it is not very spicy, which gives way to the flavor of good pepper which lingers on the palate for a long time.

The green and red grains separation is manually done.

The joy of craftsmanship

Preparation of white pepper

Black & White Duo from Phu Quoc Island

JackFruit Production 

Cultivated among others in southern Vietnam, it is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world. Jackfruit also known as the poor man’s fruit it is far from being poor in flavour!

It can weigh up to 45 kilos.  Amazingly, one jackfruit tree can grow about 100 to 200 fruits in a year.  The fruits are formed on the trunk and branches.  It starts to have fruits only after 3 years plantation.

On the inside, it contains many pale-yellow plump bulbs.  The taste of jackfruit is sweet and similar to pineapple, mango, and banana.  The seeds can also be cooked, eaten on their own, or ground into flour.   Jackfruit can be made into a wide variety of dishes, both sweet and savory.

The meaty texture is a perfect meat alternative for vegan and vegetarian diet.  Compared to the intensive land and water resources necessary to produce meat, jackfruit is far more efficient as a global food source.

The benefits of this tropical fruit are impressive.  One researcher even called it a miracle food because it provides so many nutrients including fiber and antioxidants. It is great source of magnesium, vitamin B6, and antioxidants and calories.

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