Demeter organic persimmons
Azienda Agricola San Mauro

Demeter organic persimmons

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The project

Adopt a persimmon tree from the "Azienda Agricola San Mauro" farm in Corigliano Calabro (Italy) and receive your Demeter organic persimmons at home. Anita 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: Although your adoption will be renewed automatically, you will always be informed in advance and may decide to cancel your adoption at any time as long as the preparation has not yet begun.

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What do you adopt?

You adopt a persimmon tree from our farm in Corigliano Calabro (Italy). The cultivation has been certified as organic by the European Union since 1992, and as Demeter since 2011. When placing the adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your persimmon tree. The cultivation of the persimmon dates back some 2000 years. It is a plant native to East Asia that only arrived in Europe in the late 1800s. We grow the Rojo Brillante. This variety is of Spanish origin and is perfect for cultivation in the Mediterranean area, as it needs long, hot summers and winters that are not too cold for the fruit to ripen properly, which would cause problems when flowering. Furthermore, cold weather, and especially spring frosts, can cause serious problems for the plant, as they can damage the buds from which the following year's branches will grow. The persimmon can be harvested at two times: at the beginning of October or at the beginning of December. The persimmon harvested in early October has reached the appropriate ripeness but has a high concentration of tannins, which make the fruit astringent when eaten. For this, they have to undergo a process called mashing: we put them in a closed room together with some ripe fruit that we produce and store specifically for this (usually apples and kiwis), so that they release ethylene and make the persimmons lose their astringency. Fruits picked in December, on the other hand, have already lost their astringency, so no further processing is needed, but they are very soft and are not suitable for sending and selling. Your adoption is 10 years old and its maximum lifespan is 20 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 producing for any reason, we will replace it with another, and guarantee you the delivery from the production of other units. Your persimmon tree produces an average of 21kg of Demeter organic persimmons each season. You do not have to commit to ordering the entire harvest though. Each season you can decide how much you want to reserve, and you pay the maintenance cost according to that amount. This way you only pay for what you plan to consume, and we can offer any surplus harvest to others.

What will you receive?

During the season, you will be able to receive the harvest that you are reserving now: a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 7 boxes. Once you have paid for the adoption, you will be able to plan your shipments from your user account. Shipping format: __2.9 kg box of organic and Demeter persimmons__ * Rojo Brillante: ovoid shape with red-orange skin and flesh; sweet flavour * Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 1992 * Biodynamic farming certified with the Demeter label since 2011 * In addition to eating them fresh, you can use them to prepare cakes, jams or mousses * Our farm is not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size * One kilo contains between 3 and 6 fruits * It is a climacteric fruit which is harvested when it reaches physiological maturity; after being picked from the tree it then continues to ripen until it has reached its optimum point for consumption * Important note: the fruits usually arrive hard; to ripen them, keep them at room temperature until they are ready to eat; if you receive some fruit that is already ripe, you can either eat it right away or keep it in the fridge

When will you receive it?

We harvest the persimmons at the beginning of October, after which they have to be put into cold storage to remove the astringency that's typical of this fruit. For this reason, we send them from the end of October until 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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