organic papayas
Casa Alta

organic papayas

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Adopt a papaya plant from the farm "Casa Alta" in Vélez-Málaga (Spain) and receive your organic papayas at home. Carlos 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 papayas and enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

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What do you adopt?

You adopt a papaya plant from our farm in Vélez-Málaga (Spain). The cultivation here is certified as organic by the European Union since 2018. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your papaya plant. The papaya is a tropical plant native to Central America, although today it is cultivated in a variety of tropical areas. Even though it can reach a height of up to ten metres in a very short time, it's a short-living tree-like plant with a straight and hollow trunk. The papaya was cultivated long before the discovery of America and was spread across the world as a result of trading journeys. After years of studying and testing, we found that the variety that best adapts to the Mediterranean climate of southern Spain is Sweet Sense. It's known for its sweet taste and delicate palate, as well as its inner and outer beauty. Another attractive characteristic of this variety is its very pleasant and appetising smell. We grow papayas on our farm called Casa Alta, which has been certified as organic since 2018. In recent times, my partners have been undertaking research to secure a tasty papaya outside the tropics. This isn't easy, as our climate lacks heat hours in winter, but the proximity to the Mediterranean (just one kilometre) and the hours of research have allowed us to achieve something exceptional at Casa Alta: the production of tasty papayas in Europe. They need to be grown in a greenhouse to take advantage of the few hours of sun available in winter. Your adoption is 2 years old and its productive life is around 2 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 papaya plant produces an average of 25kg of organic papayas 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 that amount. This way you will only pay for what you consume and will be able to sell any remaining harvest to others.

What will you receive?

During harvest season you can progressively receive the quantity of harvest that you reserve at the moment of adoption. You will be able to receive a minimum of 2 boxes, which can be increased up to 10 boxes according to your needs. Shipping format: __2,5kg box of organic papayas__ * Sweet Sense variety: sweet papayas with a pleasant smell, yellow skin when ripe and salmon-coloured flesh; soft and juicy texture on the palate * Organic farming certified by European organic label since 2018 * Picked the day before shipment at their optimal point of ripeness and shipped in a cardboard box without plastics * Our plants are not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size * 1 box contains between 3 - 5 depending on the size of the fruit * Keep them at room temperature until they are ripe, once they are fully ripe put them in the fridge to keep them longer * 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 already ripe piece, you can put it in the fridge or eat it straight away Our papayas are harvested when the skin turns from green to yellow, which is known as the 'pintón' state. As they're a climacteric fruit, the ripening process will continue after harvest. To ensure proper ripening, it's important to keep them at an approximate room temperature of 20°C. Once they soften and give in to the pressure of your fingers, it's advisable to keep them in the fridge at 7°C, but not for long as they lose a lot of water. We recommend eating them as a fruit, as you'll be impressed by their juiciness and flavour. That said, you can also use them to prepare ice cream, soft drinks and jellies. Papayas are a low-calorie and highly digestive food. You can also eat them green as boiled fruit. As well as being low in calories, they contain very little protein and fat. And they’re rich in vitamins A, C and potassium. What's more, they contain papain. __Please note__: The papaya must be harvested very close to the point of consumption, so it is likely to arrive with aesthetic damage during transport; even so, the fruit should arrive in perfect organoleptic condition.

When will you receive it?

Our papayas are grown in a greenhouse, as this is the only way to achieve high-quality sweet papayas in Europe. We pick them weekly on the day before dispatch, choosing the ones that are close to ripening (according to their 'pintón' colour). You can receive our papayas from December to June of the following year.

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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