Demeter organic pistachios and almonds
Casa Cañada

Demeter organic pistachios and almonds

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The project

Adopt a pistachio tree from the farm "Casa Cañada" in Villamalea (Spain) and receive your Demeter organic pistachios and almonds at home. Julio César 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 in case the preparation has not started yet.

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What do you adopt?

You adopt a pistachio tree from our farm in Villamalea (Spain). The cultivation is certified as organic by the European Union as of 2019, and as Demeter as of 2015. When placing the 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. At Casa Cañada we started growing pistachios in 2000 following agricultural practices in accordance with our philosophy and respect for the environment. We were certified in 2009 in organic farming and in 2015 we became the first producers of Biodynamic pistachio with the Demeter seal. However, this seemed insufficient and seeking to reduce the impact of man in the natural environment, and make responsible use of water, we were certified in 2019 as a Bio-Integral crop with the ARBORIGEN seal. We use an autochthonous rootstock (*Pistacia terebinthus*) that allows our trees to grow in dry land farming. 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. 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 was during Arab-Muslim rule that it reached its peak development and extension in the Iberian Peninsula. In 1492 the Catholic Monarchs managed to expel the Muslims from Spain and the Christians returned to work their lands encountering an unknown tree, the pistachio. Curiously, some specimens were unproductive (the males) and were eliminated, which caused the unproductivity of the females in the absence of male pollen, so they were later eliminated making this crop disappear in our country. In this mixed box you will find almonds that we produce on our own farm following the same principles as in the cultivation of pistachios. 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: the Premio absoluto 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. Your adoption is 10 years old and its maximum lifespan is 100 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 pistachio tree produces an average of 2kg of Demeter organic pistachios and almonds each season.

What will you receive?

Each season we will send you a box with: 1 x __Demeter organic raw pistachios__ (1kg, cotton and jute bag) 1 x __Demeter organic raw almonds with skin__ (1kg, cotton and jute bag) Kerman __pistachios__: raw, sweet creamy-textured Kerman pistachios, neither roasted nor salted. Grafting on the native variety Pistacia terebinthus, traditionally used for obtaining turpentine, gives our pistachios a “pine nutty” taste and aroma. Comuna __almonds__: shelled raw, with skin and a creamy texture, neither roasted nor salted. Grafting on the native variety Amygdalus webbii, gives our almonds a more intense taste and aroma reminiscent of marzipan. You can eat pistachios and almonds at any time of the day, such as a snack between meals or with a beer or glass of wine. You can also try introducing them to recipes like salads, bread, buns… We recommend that you store the almonds in an area at room temperature, protected from direct sunlight and heat sources. Keep them in the fridge during the warmer months to prevent the appearance of insects.

When will you receive it?

The pistachio harvest in our area is usually done in early October (some years at the end of September) and lasts about a month. Our preparation process is somewhat complex, and we have set the 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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