organic almonds
Cortijo Chirlata

organic almonds

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The project

Adopt an almond tree from the farm "Cortijo Chirlata" in Baúl (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of organic almonds at home. Paco will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will 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 receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

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Experienced Farmer
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Cultivation in sparsely populated areas
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Personalized harvest
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Renewable energy
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Family Farm
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Visitors welcome
What do you adopt?

Adopt an almond tree that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2007. During the process of adoption you can choose a name that we will engrave on a plaque and hang on your tree. The almond trees at Chirlata are grown in the exceptional highlands of Granada, an area full of contrasts with a climate perfect for cultivation, characterized by short, hot summers and cold winters. The production of almonds dates back a long time and is particularly notable in winter, when the view of the hills blanketed in white almond blossoms 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. The productive life of an almond tree is around 35 years. For as long as you want to keep it and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew your adoption year after year. If your almond tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. Each almond tree bears an average of 4kg of organic almonds per season.

What will you receive?

Each season we will send you a box with: 1 x __bag of unpeeled organic almonds__ (2kg jute bag) 1 x __bag of peeled organic almonds__ (1kg cotton bag) 2 x __cartons of organic almond milk powder__ (300g carton) 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 food found 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 popular dessert in Galician cuisine for centuries. Our organic almonds will also add flavour to your stollen and macaroon recipes! Our almond milk powder, free from additives or other compounds apart from ground almonds, is the perfect refreshing drink. You can also use our ground almonds as a substitute for conventional flour for baking and for original pizza bases. Almonds stay in good condition for more than 12 months in a cool and dry place.

When will you receive it?

We harvest our almonds 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 it helps the almond retain all its properties. And finally, we peel 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 can receive your Chirlata almonds in 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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