organic oranges
Cooperativa I Frutti del Sole

organic oranges

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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 harvest in the form of organic oranges 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: 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). Cultivation certified 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. In our cooperative we grow 3 varieties of oranges, from the earliest (Washington Navel) to the latest (Lane Late and Valencia). The trees are very similar to each other and therefore difficult to differentiate without fruits. The plants of all three varieties are between 2 and 3 metres high, do not lose their leaves during the winter and have an intense green colour. The fruit, however, can be differentiated because the Washington Navel and Lane Late oranges have the typical navel at the bottom of the fruit while the Valencia oranges do not. Washington Navel oranges were discovered around 1800 in Brazil. From there, it spread first to the United States and then to Europe at the end of the 20th century. From this variety, all other varieties of the Navel group were born. The Lane Late variety was first cultivated in 1950 from a spontaneous mutation of the Washington Navel variety. The Valencia variety has a more uncertain origin. It seems to have been discovered in the 19th century in California, and from there it spread to Europe at the end of the 20th century. Valencia and Washington Navel oranges are the first two varieties cultivated in the world. The Lane Late variety was introduced to extend the harvesting period of the fruit. Our plots all have Organic Certification as well as 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. The average yield is 60kg of organic oranges 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 6 boxes according to your needs. Shipping format: __Box of 10kg of oranges__ * Washington Navel (November to January): large in size, spherical or somewhat elongated in shape and with a fairly pronounced navel; bright orange in colour and easy to peel, with a lot of juice and a sweet taste * Lane Late (March to April): medium size and with very few seeds, with great sweetness and slight acidity, very juicy, it is a late variety; they are oranges especially recommended for juices, but also very tasty for the table * Valencia (March to May): round shape, medium size, orange-coloured fruit, thin skin, high juice content, perfect balance between acidity and sweetness * 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 5 and 7 fruits (the box contains between 50 and 70 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) By analysing the maturity index of the fruit, we know that blonde oranges have reached their optimum ripening point. This is done by measuring its sugar and acidity levels. 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 oranges from November to May.

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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