The Indian Green Mung, a type of green gram, popularly known as ordinary Ndengu is retailing at a market price of 163 shillings in December, up from 143 shillings in July.
According to market vendors, ordinary Ndengu is increasingly unpopular with their customers, reason being the small grain makes sorting of the product a challenge.
The ordinary Ndengu is being sold at an average wholesale price of 153 shillings, where a 90 Kg bag is selling at 13,770 shillings
Stats from the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture indicate that the wholesale price of ordinary Ndengu is 11,100 shillings in Nairobi, 12,000 shillings in Kajiado, 13,500 shillings in Kitale, 11,500 shillings in Isiolo and 11,000 shillings in Nakuru.
Meanwhile, another variety of green grams, known as Polish/Nylon green grams is retailing at a cheaper price of 153 shillings and a wholesale price of 143 shillings.
This green gram varies from the ordinary because of their polished look, hence the name Polish or Nylon.
The Regional Agriculture Trade Intelligence Network (RATIN) reports that the wholesale price of a kilogram of Polish Ndengu is 120 shillings in Mombasa and 99 shillings in Meru.
The Kenyan Ndengu, otherwise referred to as the Makueni/Uncle variety is being sold at a retail price of 201 shillings per kilogram and 183 shillings wholesale price.
This Kenyan Ndengu is the preferred variety for household consumption because it has bigger grains than the other varieties, it is tastier and cooks evenly and is grown Makueni, Kitui, and Matuu.
RATIN reports that the retail market prices of the Kenyan Ndengu are 147 shillings in Kitale, 113 shillings in Meru and 130 shillings in Nakuru.
Ndengu Special, a brown variety of green grams is being sold at a retail price of 143 shillings and wholesale price of 133 shillings.
According to Betta Grains, the Ndengu special is preferred over the ordinary Ndengu due to its filling and does not cause heartburn or digestive gas.