organic mandarins
Doña Ana

organic mandarins

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The project

Adopt a mandarin tree from the "Doña Ana" farm in Lorca (Spain) and receive your organic tangerines at home. María Luisa 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 mandarin tree from our farm in Lorca (Spain). The cultivation here is certified as organic by the European Union as of 2022. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your mandarin tree. Our mandarin trees were planted in 2001 and have been grown organically since 2019. The mandarins should be with us for at least 30 years, so they are currently at their most productive. A mandarin tree of this variety and age (approximately 20 years old) and grown organically produces an average of 50–60 kg of fruit per year. You will adopt a mandarin of the Clemenvilla variety, also known as Nova, which is a late harvest variety. It adapts very well to our area and produces mandarins of a high organoleptic quality. In addition to the mandarins, we've got Orogrande variety clementines, which our friend Francisco Torralba in La Cueva has been growing organically since 2017. The trees are a little taller than a person, with glossy green foliage and a large round crown, as they're adult trees. The best time to enjoy a mandarin is between the months of December and March. In the months of February and March, on the same tree it's possible to see ripe fruit and flowers preparing for the next harvest. When the trees are flowering it's a real treat to walk around the farm while the sea breeze causes the orange blossom to fill the air with that characteristic sweet smell. A mandarin tree can produce mandarins of various sizes. The largest and the smallest, along with the ones that are not suitable for shipping, are sent off for juice production. Your adoption is 21 years old and its maximum lifespan is 30 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 producing for any reason, we will replace it with another, and guarantee you the delivery from the production of other units. Your mandarin tree produces an average of 50kg of organic mandarins each season. You do not have to commit to ordering the entire harvest though. Each season you can decide how much you want to reserve, and you pay the maintenance cost according to that amount. This way you only pay for what you plan to consume, and we can offer any surplus 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 10 boxes. Once you paid for the adoption, you will be able to plan your shipments from your user account. Shipping format: __5kg box of organic mandarins__ * Clemenvilla mandarin (early December to late January): great juice content and excellent flavour, fruit of medium/large size and a very attractive reddish-orange colour, characteristic sour note in balance with the sweetness of the mandarin, a little more difficult to peel than clementines * Bitterness decreases as the season progresses * At the beginning of the harvest, the skin may have some green hues, but inside they're ripe * Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2022 for the mandarins and since 2017 for the clementines * Picked the day before shipment at their optimal point of ripeness and shipped in a cardboard box without plastics * One kilo contains between 6 and 9 fruits * If you keep them 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) It is not advisable to store them in closed containers, either inside or outside the refrigerator, due to the reduced shelf life because of the proliferation of mould. When refrigerated (unpacked), they last longer, preserving their optimum ripening point.

When will you receive it?

You can receive your mandarins from early December to late January, when they'll be at their optimum level of ripeness. The dates vary a little every year and we always depend on the rains that can make the harvest season end sooner. Rain is very good for the soil except when the fruit is ripe, because it reduces its shelf life and makes it easier for diseases to develop.

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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