Adopt an orange tree from the farm "Arancebio" in Francofonte (Italy) and receive your harvest in the form of organic blood oranges 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 an orange 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 orange tree. The Sicilian red oranges are a native citrus cultivation from Sicily. They are originally from an area that expands from the Catania Valley (Piana Di Catania) up to the foothills of the Hyblaean Mountains (Monti Iblei), covering the area of Francofonte in the Syracuse Province. Our native red oranges can be produced and commercialized as Original Sicilan Red Oranges thanks to the PGI certification (Protected Geographical Indication). In order to obtain this certification, the orchard is subjected to periodical controls and regulations to ensure that the products are in fact grown within the certified area and passes quality controls concerning the external and internal coloring, and the sugar level (Brix Index) of the fruit. Among the several types of Sicilian red oranges we can find the “Moro Variety”, which comes from a natural budding mutation of the “Sanguinello Variety”. This natural mutation provides the fruit with a higher content of anthocyanins resulting in the juice presenting the typical blood red color. The “Tarocco variety” was discovered towards the end of the 1800’s near the territory of the city of Francofonte, our local area. This variety is another budding mutation, this time from the “Moro variety”. Our Tarocco and Moro oranges are exclusively grown under a strict regime in order to be certified as “organic production”. This goes in hand with our philosophy, to protect and maintain a healthy and clean natural environment without the use of phytochemicals nor any other synthetic plant protection products. This guarantees natural healthy fruit that can be safely consumed. Our orangesare not further processed since the fruits are only picked as orders come in and immediately boxed and ready for shipment. The productive life of an orange tree is around 70 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 orange tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. A orange tree from our farm produces an average of 72 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 8 boxes according to your needs. Shipping format: __10 kg box of Tarocco and Moro oranges__ * Tarocco oranges (beginning of December until April): orange pulp that may have some red stripes, high vitamin C content, it has no seeds, balanced bittersweet taste with low acidity, round shape with smooth skin, the fruit is larger in size compared to the Moro variety * Moro oranges (beginning of January until February): the pulp has a deep red pigment due to the higher content of anthocyanins, balanced bittersweet taste with low acidity, slightly wrinkly skin with red stripes, the fruit´s size is slightly smaller than the Tarocco variety * 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 arrived damaged * Our trees are not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size * One kilo contains between 5 and 7 fruits (the box contains between 50 and 70 fruits depending on the size) * 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) Both varieties can be consumed as either fresh fruit or used for juicing, in salads, pastries, or marmalades. Given the fact that neither the plants nor the fruits are chemically treated, the peel can be used to prepare candied fruit, or to provide that special touch of originality and creativity to different cocktails (i.e. Orange Campari).
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. Tarocco oranges: this variety starts ripening the first week of December. Picking and shipments are available from December through April. Moro oranges: this variety starts ripening in January. Shipments are available from January through February. 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.