persimmon
Verger de Alicia

persimmon

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Adopt a persimmon tree from the farm "Verger de Alicia" in Valencia (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of persimmon at home. Gonzalo 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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Conversion to organic farming
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What do you adopt?

You adopt a persimmon tree from our farm in Valencia (Spain) that we cultivate following the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union. We are in the process of converting and hope to get certified in 2024. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your persimmon tree. The persimmon (*Diospyros kaki*) belongs to the Ebenaceae family and originates from China, where it has been cultivated for more than two thousand years. The tree grows in temperate climates, which helped it expand from Asia to the US in the nineteenth century and to France, Italy and Spain in approximately 1870. Our trees were planted in 2015, and although in their adult stage they can reach a height of twelve metres, we prune them annually to restrict their growth. Curiously, you can find persimmon trees with hermaphrodite flowers, male and female indistinctly, only male, or only female. The fruits are formed on female and hermaphrodite flowers with the help of pollinating insects and pollen from the male flowers. That's why most of the farm has trees with female flowers. Like everything we grow at our farm, these persimmons have ripened in the sun and not received any pesticide treatments. This fruit, when not overripe, contains a high concentration of tannins (plant-based polyphenolic compounds), which make it very astringent (unpleasant, harsh, dry and bitter taste). However, this disappears when the fruit is overripe and loses its texture and firmness, or even when it falls from the trees. This is a defence mechanism that the trees use to protect themselves from pests who want to feed on their fruits without their seeds being fully developed, at which point they secrete a compound (acetaldehyde) that eliminates the astringency. As good farmers, we're going to guarantee the continuity of these trees without them having to reproduce with their seeds, so we collect the fruit with the perfect sweetness and texture, even if its seed is somewhat unripe. Don't worry, though, as by exposing persimmon to high concentrations of CO2, acetaldehyde accumulates in the fruit and its tannins become undetectable by our palates, so we'll send you persimmons with an excellent texture and flavour. Your adoption is 7 years old and its productive life is around 30 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 adoption dies, we will replace it with no additional cost assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. Your adoption produces an average of 10kg of persimmon each season.

What will you receive?

During harvest season you can progressively receive the quantity of harvest that you reserve on the moment of adoption. Shipping format: __2,5kg box of persimmons__ * Rojo Brillante: they have an ovoid-shape and the colour of the skin and pulp is reddish-orange, the taste is sweet * We send them to you hard and firm so that you can eat them like an apple, as the days go by the persimmons will become softer and sweeter * Farming in transition to organic farming since 2021 * Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics * The box includes some extra fruits, in case some of them arrive damaged * Our trees are not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size * One kilo contains between 3 and 5 fruits (the box contains between 8 and 13 fruits depending on the size) * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 10 days in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge) * It is a climacteric fruit, harvested when it reaches physiological ripeness but continues to evolve after harvesting until it is ready for consumption * Important: The fruits usually arrive hard, keep them at room temperature until they reach they are ready to eat; if you receive an alread ripe piece, you can put it in the fridge or eat it straight away

When will you receive it?

The exact dates may vary depending on the weather in each season. We harvest them beginning of November beforehand to remove the astringency, so you can enjoy them as soon as they arrive.

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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