organic almonds
Cortijo Chirlata

organic almonds

The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
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Adopt an almond tree from the farm "Cortijo Chirlata" in Baúl (Spain) and receive your organic almonds at home. Paco will take care of your adoption and take its picture. You will also be able to download the adoption certificate, and if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you have received your organic almonds and enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

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Environmentalist
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Experienced Farmer
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Cultivation in sparsely populated areas
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Pesticide-free
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Harvest analysis
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Plastic-free
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Organic
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Renewable energy
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Family Farm
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Visitors welcome
What do you adopt?

You adopt an almond tree from our farm in Baúl (Spain). The cultivation here is certified as organic by the European Union as of 2007. When placing the adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your almond tree. The almond trees at Chirlata grown in the exceptional highlands of Granada, an area full of contrasts with a climate perfect for cultivation, featuring short, hot summers and cold winters. The production of almonds dates back a long time and is particularly notable in the winter, when the view of the hills blanketed in white almond blossom is simply spectacular. The farm has several varieties of almond trees; the main one is Guara, although there are also Marta trees. This is why your box will contain a mixture of these traditional local varieties. The Guara almond comes from Asia. It's a tree that can withstand drought very well, so production is never affected. It blossoms late, so the tree isn't white at the end of February. The other variety is Marta, an almond tree obtained by crossing the Ferragnès and Tuono varieties. It also blossoms late and, like the Guara, produces a bountiful harvest. Your adoption is 6 years old and its productive life is 35 years. For as long as you want to keep your adoption, and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew year after year. If your adoption stops being able to produce for any reason, we will replace it with an other, and we guarantee your delivery from the produce of others for that season. Your almond tree produces an average of undefinedkg of organic almonds each season.

What will you receive?

Each season we will send you a box with: * 1 x__ unpeeled organic almonds__ (1 kg jute bag) * 1 x __peeled organic almond__s (1 kg cotton bag) The __Guara__ almond is round and has a sweet but mild flavour, a thin peel and a light brown colour. The __Marta__ almond is more oval and has an intense flavour and a honey colour. Packed in jute and cotton bags that we make and sew ourselves. The almond is a staple in kitchens around the world. Ajoblanco, which is a chilled summer soup usually eaten with grapes, is very popular in our area. Our close neighbour Morocco is famous for its pastela, a rich puff pastry filled with different seasonings and almonds. Almonds are a classic in confectionery, as well as in nougat, marzipan and cakes like the Tarta de Santiago, a staple in Galician cuisine for centuries. Our organic almonds will also add flavour to your stollen and macaroon recipes! Almonds stay in good condition for more than 12 months in a cool and dry place.

When will you receive it?

We harvest our almond trees at the end of summer, basically throughout the month of September. We then dry them naturally for three or five days, which is a very important process as helps the almond retain all its properties. And finally, we split them as we receive your orders. As you can see, it's a very labour-intensive process that takes several months. If you want, you could have your Chirlata almonds for December!

Why should you adopt?
Know who, how and where your food is produced. Source your food in a conscious, direct and consistent manner.
Buying without intermediaries allows the producer to obtain better prices. This helps generate better jobs and social standards in rural areas.
When you adopt something, you allow the producer to ensure the sale at a fixed price and to produce on demand. This also avoids wasting food that is grown without being sold.
It supports producers who strive for environmentally friendly packaging and cultivation practices.
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