organic bitter oranges
Cooperativa I Frutti del Sole

organic bitter oranges

The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
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The project

Adopt an orange tree from the farm "Cooperativa I Frutti del Sole" in San Calogero (Italy) and receive your organic bitter oranges at home. Antonio 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 an orange tree from our farm in San Calogero (Italy). The cultivation here is certified as organic by the European Union since 2010. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your orange tree. The bitter orange, whose botanical name is *Citrus aurantium*, is a fruit of ancient origin, probably a cross between the grapefruit and the mandarin. Its origin is uncertain, but it probably originated in Asia and was spread from there by the Arabs to Europe. The plant is mainly used as a rootstock for many citrus species and, in cities, as an ornamental plant. Cultivated plants, however, are very few and always in small areas. Compared to sweet orange plants, the thorns are more numerous and larger, the leaves are darker and have a winged stalk, similar to that of grapefruit. Our plots all have Organic Certification and also have Global Gap Certification, which guarantees good agricultural practices, traceability and respect for the environment, including GRASP certification to support our social commitment to workers. Your adoption is 42 years old and its productive life is around 60 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. Each orange tree bears an average of 72kg per season. You can decide how many kilos you would like to reserve from your tree and pay the maintenance costs based on the chosen quantity. This helps the Farmer to plan and sell the remaining harvest amount from your tree 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 9 boxes according to your needs. Shipping format: __8kg box of organic bitter oranges__ * Bitter orange: Medium-sized fruit with a wrinkled, thick skin that is easy to peel and has seeds, very rich of essential oils and very bitter taste, compared to traditional oranges * These oranges cannot be used for fresh consumption, use them to make great jams or in your desserts * Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2010 * Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics * We do not store the fruit in cold chambers, they go directly from the tree to your doorstep * Our trees are not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size * One kilo contains between 7 and 10 fruits (the box contains between 56 and 80 fruits depending on the size) * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 3 weeks in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge) In order to know whether the fruit has reached the optimum stage of ripeness, we measure the sugar level and the acidity. We cannot rely on its external colour as there is no direct relationship between the colour of the peel and the internal ripeness of the fruit.

When will you receive it?

We will send bitter oranges between January and February.

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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