Demeter organic pistachios
Casa Cañada

Demeter organic pistachios

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Adopt a pistachio tree from the farm "Casa Cañada" in Villamalea (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of Demeter organic pistachios at home. The Farmer Julio César 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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What do you adopt?

Adopt a pistachio tree that we cultivate under the Organic Farming and Demeter regulations of the European Union and the ARBORIGEN label since 2015. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your pistachio tree. You adopt a pistachio tree of the Kerman variety, well known and highly regarded globally for the size and quality of its fruit, as well as its great taste and consistency. In Casa Cañada we started growing pistachios in the year 2000, always following agricultural practices in accordance with our philosophy and respectful with the environment. For this we carry out an organic, bio-integral, and biodynamic cultivation. We grow in the traditional Spanish extensive dry-land farming method and our trees only receive rainwater. We also use an indigenous rootstock: Cornicabra *(Pistacia terebinthus)*, a small tree native to the Spanish Iberian forest flora. The pistachio *(Pistacia vera)*, as a wild species, is native to the high continental plateaus of Central Asia, basically the ancient Central Asian republics of the extinct USSR (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan) and the Balochistan region, bordering Afghanistan and Pakistan. To the west, naturally, it reaches as far as Iran and Syria. In its natural environment it withstands extreme temperatures, ranging from -40º in the harsh winters of the high Central Asian plateaus, up to +50º of the torrid and extremely dry low water seasons of that region. There are currently an estimated 2.5 million hectares of wild pistachio left in the natural environment of these regions. The pistachio was domesticated about 4,000 years ago in ancient Persia (present-day Iran), this area being its focus of cultivation and expansion. In the Mediterranean Basin it was introduced during Roman domination, arriving in the imperial province of Hispania in the year 63 by Pompey Crassus. However, it is during Arab-Muslim rule that it reaches its great peak, development, and extension in the Iberian Peninsula. With the definitive expulsion of the Muslims from Spain (the Reconquest) by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492, the Christians, once dedicated to the art of war, had to control, and organise the agriculture. At that time, pistachio was the only dioecious agronomic species on the peninsula (male trees and female trees). This aspect, unknown to the Christians, led them to eliminate all male trees because they were considered unproductive. Thus, the females stopped suddenly giving fruit as they were not pollinated. Faced with this situation, the Christians began to eliminate this crop because it was unproductive. The vernacular name of the pistachio in old Spanish was ALFONCIGO (from the Arabic-Hispanic alfústaq). Our commitment to quality together with our efforts in a sustainable and environmentally friendly production model has led us to win various awards with our products, among which we can highlight the award received by our pistachios: Absolute award for "healthiest and best quality product" at the Speciality/Gourmet International Fair, Dubai (UAE) October 2015. On the other hand, we have received other awards aligned to our philosophy against food waste We program our agronomic activities (such as the organic compost, the pruning, the tillage, etc.) strictly following the lunar calendar. We provide nutrients of plant and mineral origin through fermented sheep manure and perform a spontaneous plant cover for at least four months a year. In addition, we carry out a botanical-forest restoration with trees and shrubs native to the Iberian Peninsula in all the borders, slopes, hedges, road boundaries and marginal areas of the farm with the aim of promoting integrated pest management (IPM) (biological pest control). It can be said that Casa Cañada has always opted for organic cultivation, so our certification in the Committee of Organic Agriculture in 2009 was no effort, we had already been meeting the requirements for many years! Later, we decided to take it a step further and in 2015 we were the first producers of Biodynamic pistachio with the Demeter seal. However, seeking to reduce the impact of man on the natural environment, and make responsible use of water, we certified in 2019 as a Bio-Integral crop with the ARBORIGEN seal. The productive life of a pistachio tree is around 100-120 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 pistachio tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. Each pistachio tree bears an average of 2kg per season.

What will you receive?

We will send you the box you have chosen in the adoption process. __Small box:__ 1 x Raw pistachio with shell (bag of 1 kg) __Big box: __ 2 x Raw pistachio with shell (bags of 1 kg) Get your box of raw, sweet creamy-textured Kerman pistachios. A unique pistachio that retains all its flavour, neither roasted nor salted, an exceptional pistachio with minimum processing! Grafting on the native variety Pistacia terebinthus, traditionally used for obtaining turpentine, gives our pistachios a “pine nutty” taste and aroma. In addition, its moisture content around 7% (greater than that of the roasted pistachio) makes our pistachio soft and creamy. You can eat pistachios at any time of the day, such as a snack between hours or with a beer or glass of wine. You can also try introducing them to recipes like salads, breads, buns… Feel free to experiment! We recommend that you store the pistachios at room temperature, protected from direct sunlight and radiation sources. Its low moisture content helps to extend its shelf life up to one year. We take care of every detail to offer the best product: during the harvest, we dedicate the mornings to the collection of the pistachio and the afternoons to peel the outer pulp (exocarp), in this way we avoid the development of fungi. Afterwards, we dry the fruit for two days in the sun and store it until we have all the pistachio harvested. Once all the pistachios are harvested and dried, an external company does the selection, discarding those that are empty and separating those that do not reach the best calibre, which is what we want to offer our CrowdFarmers.

When will you receive it?

You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out. The pistachio harvest in our area is usually done in early October (some years at the end of September) and lasts about a month. You receive your pistachios in March. Our pistachio preparation process is somewhat complex, and we have set this delivery date to ensure there are no delays.

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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