Friday 6 May 2011: Paprika
This is our latest venture, joint venture or symbiosis. Whatever it's called it will benefit the poorest villagers where we work.
What we are planning is a fair trade venture in a paprika growing co op.
Like most things we do, fate has alot to do with it.
When we were building the pump factory, the planners insisted we build it three times the size we needed and so three units. Our new neighbour is now using two units while funding many of our various projects in return. A really great arrangement.
In the land we have, on the site, we will set up a demonstration and training farm for growers, where they can get full training in both paprika growing and an added bonus in beekeeping, which is a free(bee) add on to the process. The bees are needed for pollination and the paprika honey will be a leading medicinal honey.
This is one of the first packets to be done and obvious excitement all around.
We are hoping this will be an ideal replacement for the now dwindling global tobacco market.
Researchers are finding amazing healing and health properties of Paprika. They have found that the capsicum peppers used for paprika contain six to nine times as much vitamin C as tomatoes by weight.
It's also been learned that Paprika is an antibacterial agent and stimulant and can be used to help normalize blood pressure, improve circulation, and increase the production of saliva and stomach acids to aid digestion.