organic kiwis
Cooperativa I Frutti del Sole

organic kiwis

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Adopt a kiwi plant from the farm "Cooperativa I Frutti del Sole" in San Calogero (Italy) and receive your harvest in the form of organic kiwis at home. Antonio 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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Plastic-free
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Organic
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What do you adopt?

You adopt a kiwi plant from our farm in San Calogero (Italy). Cultivation certified organic by the European Union since 2010. The kiwi has been widely grown in Italy since the 1970s and, to date, Italy is one of the world's largest producers of this fruit. Cultivation is widespread in the province of Reggio Calabria where it has found a favourable microclimate, giving rise to high quality production. The kiwi originated in the Middle East and spread first to China and then to New Zealand. In Italy it was first cultivated in the north and then spread throughout the country. The variety that we grow is the Hayward, the one that is most widespread in Italy but also in the rest of the world. The kiwi is a climbing plant. The shape of the plant is very similar to a vine, with long, flexible shoots growing around a support structure. The kiwi prefers warm-temperate areas, fears cold, strong winds and waterlogging. For this reason, it has adapted very well in our areas. 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 11 years old and its productive life is around 20 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 kiwi plant produces an average of 70kg of organic kiwis 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 14 boxes according to your needs. Shipping format: __5kg box of organic kiwis__ * Hayward: a fruit with an emerald green pulp with numerous small seeds, while in the middle of the fruit is the cream-coloured core, which is also edible; the fuzzy skin is light brown and the flavour achieves the perfect balance between sweet and tart * Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2010 * Our trees are not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size * One kilo contains between 8 and 12 fruits (the box contains between 40 and 60 fruits depending on the size) * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 2 weeks in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge) * 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 By analysing the fruit's maturity index, we know that the kiwi has reached its optimum point of ripeness. This is done by measuring its sugar level (minimum 7° Brix) and acidity. 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.

When will you receive it?

We will send your kiwis from the end of November to 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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