organic avocados and kumquats
Dehesa de Cútar

organic avocados and kumquats

The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
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The project

Adopt an avocado tree from the farm "Dehesa de Cútar" in Cútar (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of organic avocados and kumquats 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: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

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Environmentalist
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Farmer 360
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Harvest analysis
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Plastic-free
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Organic
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Renewable energy
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Family Farm
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Visitors welcome
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What do you adopt?

You adopt an avocado 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 avocado tree. 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. On the farm we grow more subtropical fruits such as mangoes, custard apples and medlars. Your adoption is 9 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. Each adult avocado tree produces on average about 30kg of fruit per year and each kumquat tree can bear up to 60kg of fruit. We can send it to your home at its optimal maturity level, very shortly after being harvested, without it being preserved or matured in cold chambers. In this project you will adopt one of our avocados. 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 1 boxes, which can be increased up to 1 boxes according to your needs. Shipping format: __3kg of organic avocados and 1kg of organic kumquats__ * Hass avocado (December-April): pear-shaped, medium size, rough skin, green colour that turns black when ripe, creamy texture, more intense flavour, greater amount of fat, it is the most popular avocado * Lambhass avocado (April-May): pear-shaped, medium-large size, rough skin, green colour that turns black when ripe, creamy texture, more intense flavour, greater amount of fat * 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 * The box includes some extra fruits, in case some of them arrive damaged * Our trees are not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size * One kilo of avocados contains between 4 and 8 fruits (the box contains between 12 and 24 fruits depending on the size) * One kilo of kumquats contains between 80 and 140 fruits (the box contains between 80 and 140 fruits depending on the size) * Keep the avocados 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 * If you keep the kumquats 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) * 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 you receive the Avo-Quat box is inspect the fruit. Maybe some avocados will arrive ready to eat, but you will most likely have to wait a few days until they reach the point of consumption. The waiting time may vary from 3 to 20 days, depending on the ripening conditions. If you have to wait, place the avocados in a dry environment. Their maturation will depend on the “breathing” of the fruit. Placing them at a higher temperature speeds up “breathing” and thus ripening. Once they begin to give in to the pressure of your fingers, you can place them in the fridge, and you can consume them in about 10 days. The kumquats will be ready to eat right from the start. You will be able to receive very small avocados in your box, it is not common to find them in the market since they usually have no commercial value, but they are delicious! We call them “baby” avocados, they come from flowers that did not pollinate correctly so these fruits could fully develop. Not all boxes will include them, but if you come across these fruits, please share your thoughts!

When will you receive it?

Avocados and kumquats grow on trees throughout the summer thanks to the sunny climate of our region, and finish ripening during the fall. They will be ready to be harvested in the winter when they reach their optimum point of maturity. 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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