organic PGI clementines
Cooperativa I Frutti del Sole

organic PGI clementines

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The project

Adopt a clementine tree from the farm "Cooperativa I Frutti del Sole" in San Calogero (Italy) and receive your organic PGI clementines 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 a clementine 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 clementine tree. The clementine is a citrus fruit with characteristic colours and scents that has found its natural habitat in Calabria, thanks to its mild and regular climate. Thanks to this, in 1992 the brand 'Clementine di Calabria IGP' was created, which allows the product to be promoted in our territory. In order to obtain this certification, the production must be based in the territories following the regulations of the IGP Consortium. They are: the Plain of Sibari and Corigliano in the Cosentino area, the Plain of Lamezia in the Catanzaro area, the Plain of Gioia Tauro-Rosarno and Locride in the Reggio area. On our farm we produce two types of clementines, which bear the PGI label: the common clementine and the Hernandina clementine. The common clementine stems from Algeria from a cross between the bitter orange and the common mandarin and spread to Italy between 1930 and 1950. The Hernandina clementine was first cultivated in Spain in 1966 in the province of Valencia from a natural mutation of the Fina variety. The difference between the two varieties is mainly in the ripening period. The common clementine ripens between November and December, while the Hernandina clementine ripens in January. 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. Your clementine tree produces an average of 75kg of organic PGI clementines 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 25 boxes according to your needs. Shipping format:__ Box of 5kg organic PGI clementines__ * Common clementine (November to December): round fruit with an intense orange colour, it can be easily peeled and divided into segments, the segments are almost completely seedless, very fragrant and sweet * Hernandina clementine (January): late clementine, the skin is orange, with the apical part remaining green, has a few seeds, very juicy and sweet * 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 8 and 12 fruits * 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) In order to know whether the fruit has reached the optimal time of ripeness, we measure the sugar level and acidity. When the sugar in the fruit is at 9 degrees Brix, then we proceed to harvest. We cannot rely on its external colour as there is no direct relationship between the colour of the skin and the internal ripeness of the fruit. As well as eating them fresh, you can use clementines to make excellent jams or in your desserts.

When will you receive it?

We will send your clementines from November to mid-January.

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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