organic custard apples, avocados and kumquats
Dehesa de Cútar

organic custard apples, avocados and kumquats

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The project

Adopt a custard apple tree from the farm "Dehesa de Cútar" in Cútar (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of organic custard apples, avocados and kumquats at home. Vanesa 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 custard apple 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 custard apple tree. The tree that produces it comes from a variety native to Andalusia called Fino de Jete (Jete is a town). This subtropical tree has a long tradition in the region, where it has been grown since the nineteenth century from trees from South America after the discovery of America. The custard apple tree isn't very tall, as it's pruned to manage its harvest more easily. It's an Annonaceae (Annonaceae - *Annona cherimola*). This tree doesn't have natural pollinators in Europe, so each fruit is manually pollinated. Our custard apple trees are organic from the moment they are planted. Along with your custard apples, we will send you avocados and kumquats. On our farm in Dehesa de Cútar we grow various types of avocados such as Hass or Lamb Hass with which we can harvest avocados from autumn until spring. The avocado is native to Central America, and its cultivation has spread over the years to different countries such as Mexico or the U.S. The avocado trees that we grow here are not very tall and do not exceed 3m in height once they are grown. This happens because they are pruned a lot so that the winter storms do not damage them. We also grow kumquats of the Fortunella variety. This citrus variety is little known, its appearance is reminiscent of mini oranges and the fruit is eaten with the skin. Its origin is Chinese, and today it is cultivated around the world in countries such as the U.S. or Brazil. The tree does not reach large sizes, its development and growth are slower than other citrus fruits. The Dehesa de Cútar farm is located in the south of the Iberian Peninsula on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, one of the northernmost areas where this fruit is grown, due to its favourable microclimate. 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 Each custard apple tree can produce up to 50 kg of fruit, each mature avocado tree produces an average of 30 kg of fruit per year, and each kumquat tree can bear up to 60 kg of fruit. We can send you a mixture of fruit at their optimal ripening point, very shortly after being harvested, without being preserved or ripened in cold storage. Your adoption is 8 years old and its productive life is 50 years. For as long as you want to keep your adoption, and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew year after year. If your adoption stops being able to produce for any reason, we will replace it with an other, and we guarantee your delivery from the produce of others for that season.

What will you receive?

During the season, you will be able to receive the harvest that you are reserving now: a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 0 boxes. Once you paid for the adoption, you will be able to plan your shipments from your user account. Shipping format: __2kg of organic custard apples, 2kg of avocados and 0.5kg of kumquats__ * Fino de Jete custard apple (November - March): thin, scale-like skin with pale green hue; uniform and variable size; heart-shaped; highly aromatic with a slightly bittersweet taste reminiscent of a mix between pineapple and banana; many seeds * Hass avocado (December - April): pear-shaped, dark green skin that turns black when ripe, yellowish pulp with a nutty flavour, very creamy texture, small stone * Fortunella kumquats (December - March): ovoid shape, small size, orange colour, little quantity of pulp with tart flavour, contains seeds * 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 avocados contains between 6 and 8 fruits * One kilo of custard apples contains between 3 and 5 pieces * One kilo of kumquats contains between 80 and 140 fruits * Store the avocados and custard apples at room temperature until they ripen, then place in the fridge so they last longer * Avocados and custard apples are climacteric fruits. They are harvested when they reach physiological ripeness but continue to evolve after harvesting until they're ready to eat * 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 * The kumquats will last for two weeks if kept in a cool and airy place in good conditions (keep in the fridge if you want them to last longer) Custard apples are a delicious fruit but very delicate to transport. They ripen very quickly so we recommend eating them as soon as they're soft. The best way to eat them is to cut in half and scoop out the pulp with a spoon. This fruit has a high number of seeds, which is characteristic of the Annonaceae. This fruit will give a special flavour to your table. Warning: The custard apple might arrive with cosmetic damage due to transport, so please be aware of this. Even so, the fruit will be in perfect organoleptic conditions.

When will you receive it?

The best period to send this combination of fruits is in the winter, when the fruit is in excellent ripening conditions. Harvest dates may vary depending on seasonal 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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