The best fruits to grow in Kenya are those that first yield the highest return on investment, and secondly satisfy needs such as growing demand due to their nutritional value. Different climatic regions also play a crucial role in determining the best fruits to grow in a particular area. Below are the best fruits to grow in Kenya given their profitability and concurrent desirable nutritional qualities.
Avocados are among the best fruits to grow in Kenya. They require moderate humidity and moderately warm temperatures, conditions that are available in most parts of the country. Avocados also require soils that can hold water for the entire period of growth. Avocados can be sold locally and be exported to make an income. The popularity of avocados around the world for their good fat and vitamins make them an excellent fruit to grow.
Strawberries are also a great fruit option to grow in Kenya. They require adequate sunshine, plenty of water, and well-drained soils. The strawberry market is present as people use them for several uses such as producing yogurts, juices, baked goods, among others. They are highly nutritious laden with vitamins necessary in preventing attacks from diseases.
3. Passion fruits
Passion fruits are also great options to consider in Kenya’s fruit-farming space. They are grown with other plants or frameworks since they are climbers. They do well in regions that receive adequate rainfall and sunshine, have well-drained soils whose pH is fairly neutral. Passion fruits can be grown for local consumption or export, from where they can be processed to produce juices and extracts for uses such as scent production.
4. Tree tomatoes
Tree tomatoes are also among the best fruits to grow in the country. They take between 9 months and 2 years to begin fruiting depending on the type of tree grown. The fruits are famous for their rich vitamin content aiding in skin health, immune-boosting, aiding weight loss, and controlling diabetes. Farmers can produce them for sale in Kenyan markets or identify an export market for the tree tomatoes.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Apples are highly nutritious fruits that are rich in antioxidants and have proven to boost the immune system. They require low-temperature conditions, adequate rainfall quantities and as long as the soil is well aerated and drained, apples can do well.
Bananas are not only a popular fruit for consumption but also a highly profitable one. They require a steady rainfall supply, adequate sunshine exposure, and well-drained soils to grow well. Bananas are rich in vitamins and can be used in a variety of ways. Bananas have a steady local market demand and can also be grown for export.
7. Citrus fruits
Citrus fruits are among the best fruits to grow in Kenya particularly for their vitamin content. Oranges, lemons, mandarins, and grapefruits are known for their disease-fighting capacity. They require sunny and wind-protected regions to grow well. They can survive in hot areas too provided the soils have adequate moisture content.