Adopt an almond tree from the farm "Cortijo Chirlata" in Baúl (Spain) and receive your organic peeled 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 peeled almonds and enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.
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 are grown in the exceptional highlands of Granada, an area full of contrasts with a climate perfect for cultivation; 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 14 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. Each almond tree bears an average of 2kg of organic peeled almonds per season.
Each season we will send you a box with: 2 x __bag of peeled organic almonds__ (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 eat 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 can stay in good condition up to 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!