organic blood oranges
Cooperativa I Frutti del Sole

organic blood oranges

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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 blood 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). 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 first variety of blood orange to be discovered was the Sanguinello, found in Spain in 1929. Despite this, this citrus fruit never found its ideal environment in Spain, but quickly adapted to Italy, where it was introduced a few years later. This is why blood oranges are considered the typical Italian citrus fruit. Initially introduced in Sicily, they have spread from there throughout the peninsula. Moro oranges are a natural mutation of Sanguinello oranges and have a bright red colour due to their high anthocyanin content. Tarocco oranges are a mutation of Moro oranges, discovered in Sicily in the late 80s. Blood orange trees are very similar to blond orange trees: they are between 2 and 3 metres high, do not lose their leaves during winter and have an intense green colour. Our plots all hold the Organic Farming certification as well as the Global Gap certification, which guarantees good agricultural practices, traceability and respect for the environment, including GRASP certification to support our social commitment to our workers. Your adoption is 37 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 orange tree produces an average of 160kg of organic blood 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 16 boxes according to your needs. Shipping format: __10kg box of organic blood oranges__ * Tarocco oranges (beginning of December until April): orange pulp that may have some red stripes, high vitamin C content, it has no seeds, balanced bittersweet taste with low acidity, round shape with smooth skin, the fruit is larger in size compared to the Moro variety * Moro (February-March): blood oranges par excellence, they have slightly wrinkled skin with red veins and red pulp * 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 8 fruits (the box contains between 50 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) By analysing the ripeness index of the fruit, we know that blood oranges have reached their optimal ripening point. This is done by measuring its sugar and acidity levels. We cannot rely on their external colour as there is no direct relationship between the colour of the skin and the internal ripeness of the fruit. You can consume both varieties fresh or use them to make juice, in salads, in desserts or to make jams. As they do not receive any kind of treatment, you can also use the peel.

When will you receive it?

We will send your blood oranges from January to March.

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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