Adopt a grapefruit tree from the farm "Arancebio" in Francofonte (Italy) and receive your harvest in the form of organic grapefruits at home. The Farmer Danilo 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.
Adopt a grapefruit tree that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2004. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your grapefruit tree. The pink grapefruit, related to the yellow grapefruit, is a hybrid between the yellow grapefruit and an orange from a “Citrus sinensis” variety. This grapefruit variety is originally from Texas and was introduced in Sicily in the 70s. The plant is characterised by its thick foliage, very intense green leaves and the need for lower temperatures, compared to other grapefruit varieties, for the fruit to ripen. The grapefruits are cultivated following the organic methodology with absolute respect and in harmony with the environment. Our philosophy is the lack of use of phytochemicals and other plants protective chemicals in order to guarantee a safe product for the consumers. Our pink grapefruits are not over processed, they are picked as orders are received and immediately boxed and shipped. The productive life of a grapefruit tree is around 50 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 grapefruit tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. A grapefruit tree from our farm produces an average of 120 kg each season. You do not have to commit to the consumption of the whole harvest. Each season you may decide what quantity to reserve and pay the maintenance in accordance with the amount you reserve. This way you will only pay for what you consume and we can plan and sell the remaining harvest amount to others.
During harvest season you can progressively receive the quantity of harvest that you reserve on the moment of adoption. You will be able to receive a minimum of 2 boxes, which can be increased up to 4 boxes according to your needs. Shipping format: __8 kg box of Star Ruby grapefruit__ * Star Ruby (from the end of November until April): pink colored pulp, high content of vitamin C, without seeds, balanced bittersweet taste, spherical shape slightly flattened at the ends * Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming seal since 2004 * Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics * We do not store the fruit in cold chambers, they go directly from the tree to your doorstep * The box includes some extra fruits, in case some of them arrive damaged * One kilo contains between 4 and 6 fruits (the box contains between 32 and 48 fruits depending on the size) * In one tree you have everything from small to large fruits, so your grapefruits will be heterogeneous * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 3 weeks in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge) The fruit can be consumed as either fresh fruit or used for juicing, in salads, pastries, or marmalades. Given the fact that the plants nor the fruits are chemically treated, the skins can be used to prepare candied fruit.
When will you receive it?
The Farmer will collect your harvest on demand and just before shipment so you will receive it fresh, not treated with wax or other preservatives. The Star Ruby grapefruit starts ripening at the beginning of November. Shipments are available from December and can last until mid April. Picking and shipment are directly dependent on weather conditions that can vary from season to season. Our geographical area weather is not only influenced by the Mediterranean Sea but also by the microclimate created by the nearby volcano Mt.Etna.