organic mangoes and avocados
Dehesa de Cútar

organic mangoes and avocados

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The project

Adopt a mango tree from the farm "Dehesa de Cútar" in Cútar (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of organic mangoes and avocados at home. Vanesa 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 a mango tree from our farm in Cútar (Spain) that we cultivate following the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2014. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your mango tree. In our Dehesa farm in Cútar we cultivate organic mangoes and avocados. In this project you will adopt one of our mango trees. We have two types of mangoes: the Osteen and the Keitt variety. The mango is a tree originally from the Indian Ocean area, there are many varieties that have been cultivated for many years. The arrival of Portuguese explorers helped spread this delicious fruit through tropical and subtropical areas around the world. We also cultivate several types of smooth skin (greenskin) avocadoes such as Bacon and Fuerte. The avocado is a fruit originating in Central America, whose cultivation spread over the years in different countries such as Mexico or USA. The area where the Dehesa orchard is located, in the south of the Iberian Peninsula on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea is one of the most northern areas where these fruits are grown due to their favourable microclimate. Both the mangoes and avocados trees are still young, so we hope they grow a little more in the next few years. The mango trees that we cultivate here are not very high and do not exceed 3m high once they reach maturity. By cultivating these two varieties of mangoes we can expand the harvest period throughout the fall. It coincides with harvest time of Bacon and Fuerte avocados known for their smooth skin (greenskin). This fruits will be sent to your home at its optimal point, very little time after being harvested, without being conserved or matured in cold chambers. I am an agronomist, and together with my partner, who is also an agronomist, we decided to opt for organic from the beginning. We are both convinced that agriculture only has a future if it is sustainable, so we do our best to ensure that our grain of sand creates a positive impact on the environment and society. On the farm we grow more subtropical fruits such as mangoes, custard apples, medlars or kumquats. Your adoption is 8 years old and its productive life is around 30 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 adoption produces an average of 30kg of organic mangoes and avocados 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 the season, you will be able to receive the harvest that you are reserving now: a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 boxes. Once you paid for the adoption, you will be able to plan your shipments from your user account. Shipping format: __3kg of organic mango and 2 kg of organic avocados__ * Mango Osteen (September - October): ovoid-elongated shape, medium-large size, skin with very characteristic purple tonality and orange, yellow or greenish areas, has a low amount of fibres, pulp with sweet flavour and slightly sourish bouquet * Mango Keitt (October - November): ovoid-oblong shape, large size, green and pink skin, has low amount of fibres, pulp with sweet flavour and slightly sourish bouquet * Avocado Bacon (October - November): round, medium-large size, smooth skin, dark green colour and darkens a little more when maturing, smaller amount of fat than other varieties, very suitable for making guacamole * Avocado Fuerte (October - February): pear-shaped, medium-large size, smooth and thin skin, green colour when ripe with small whitish spots, less fat, very suitable for making guacamole * Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2014 * Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics * Our trees are not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size * One kilo of mangoes contains between 1 and 5 fruits * One kilo of avocados contains between 4 and 8 fruits * Keep them at room temperature until they are ripe, once they are fully ripe put them in the fridge to keep them longer * 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 alread ripe piece, you can put it in the fridge or eat it straight away The first thing you should do when receiving the Avo-mango box is to inspect the fruit. Maybe some pieces are ready to eat, but most likely you will have to wait a few days until it reaches the optimal consumption level. The waiting time may vary from 3 to 20 days, depending on the variety and the conditions of ripening. If you have to wait, place the fruit in a dry environment. The ripening will depend on the “breathing” of the fruit, placing them at a higher temperature accelerates “breathing” and thus the ripening. Once you can slightly press into the fruit, you can place them in the fridge, and you can consume them in about 10 days. If for some reason you have matured too much you can freeze the pulp of the mangoes to make smoothies or other recipes in the future, dehydrating or making jams. The Keitt variety may take more than 20 days. So please be patient, wrap them in newspaper, place them next to other fruits to accelerate the process. This happens because our mangoes do not go through ripening chambers, and nature takes time to reach perfection. This variety can produce mangoes up to 1.4kg! It is not common but enjoy it if you get a mango with this weight. The varieties of smooth skinned avocado (greenskin) do not change colour when ripening. Do not wait until they get dark, because they will not. Pay attention to the touch of the fruit and when it gives in to slight pressure you can consume it. You can receive very small mangoes or avocados in your box, it is not common to find them in the market since they usually do not have commercial value, but they are delicious! We call the small mangoes "bonbons" and baby avocados, they originate from flowers that did not pollinate correctly, so these fruits could not totally develop. Not all boxes will include them, but if you come across these fruits, please let me know your thoughts!

When will you receive it?

Avocados grow on trees throughout the summer and fall thanks to the sunny climate of our region. They will be ready to be harvested during the winter and spring, when they reach their optimum point of maturity. The first variety we ship is the Hass (December-April) and then Lamb Hass (April-May). The dates are indicative and depend on the weather conditions.

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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