Adopt an almond tree from the farm "Doña Marina" in Guadahortuna (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of almonds in shell at home. Pedro 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.
You adopt an almond tree cultivated under the European Union's Organic Farming regulations. We are in the process of converting and hope to get certified in 2023. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your almond tree. The Mediterranean is more than a sea: it is a way of life, closely entwined with the produce of the land. If you would like a taste of it and a chance to be a part of one of the most authentic experiences of the region, then join our community at Cortijo Doña Marina, a farm located in the province of Granada. We offer you the chance to adopt an almond tree grown according to organic standards (currently in conversion) in a fertile soil that also serves as pasture for sheep. The almond tree, *Prunus dulcis*, belongs to the same family as the apricot tree or even the apple tree and originated in the Middle East. Almonds were first brought to Spain by the Romans. Numerous varieties have since been developed, each adapted to different conditions or known for their specific properties. On the farm we have different varieties of almond trees, ranging in age from 3 to 60 years. The tastiest of these varieties are __Vairo__ and __Lauranne__. Vairo is a Spanish variety that originated in Catalonia and flowers very vigorously. The kernel is short and Vairo is the best variety for roasting. The Lauranne variety originated in France and is highly resistant to pests. The fruit is elongated and has a very sweet taste. Both varieties are well adapted to spring frosts, which occur frequently in our very mountainous area. You would be surprised how cold it gets in this part of Spain! The combination of all these parameters gives our almonds a characteristic, rich, highly concentrated flavour. Our almond trees are entirely rain-fed, and no irrigation water is used. We have started the process of conversion towards organic certification and expect it to be completed by 2023. In addition to the organic cultivation methods, our trees have another secret: sheep graze among them in a natural and mutually beneficial symbiosis. The sheep feed off the grass, keeping it short around the trees, and they provide the natural fertilizer we need to produce quality almonds. This means we can avoid using any added fertilizers or herbicides. The fact that the sheep graze among our trees may seem like an insignificant detail, but it actually has many positive effects. This way of farming helps to prevent soil erosion and increases biodiversity. It is a way of optimizing the resources of the land and yields three products on the same plot (if we count the honey from the bees pollinating the almonds). Our dream is to develop a farm that encourages people to see that, with sustainable practices and responsible agriculture, we can fight climate change. The productive life of an almond tree is around 80 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 almond tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. Each almond tree bears an average of 6kg per season.
Each season we will send you a box with: 1 x__ Almonds in shell __(6kg, in a jute bag) You can open these almonds yourself, for the full Mediterranean experience at home. It is a family tradition for us to sit around the table chatting together and shelling almonds, and if you are on your own it is a relaxing way to pass the time, lost in thought. Vairo and Lauranne almonds have a rich flavour and are crunchy and aromatic. We love to eat them raw or toasted, or to use them ground in recipes or desserts. Go ahead and get creative! The harvest varies from one year to the next, depending on rainfall and other conditions, so your almonds, once shelled, will weigh between 1.6 to 2.2 kg. Your almonds are delivered to you in a jute bag that can be reused at home or in the garden. Storage: The best way to store almonds is to keep them in their shells. This will keep them fresh and retain their flavour, preventing them from going rancid. Almonds are very easy to preserve. Just choose a cool and dry place. Put them in a container that allows the air to circulate, such as a cloth bag or a jar with the lid open. This way the almonds will stay fresh until the next harvest! Once you shell the almonds, to maintain their full flavour and crunchy texture, we recommend you follow three steps: 1. Keep them below 25ºC: In the hottest months, it may be necessary to put them in the fridge. 2. Keep them away from sunlight. If they are left for several weeks (4 or more) in sunlight they will start to oxidize and their flavour will start to change. 3. For shelled almonds, choose jars or bags that can be closed with a lid, elastic band or clip. This way they will not absorb moisture and will maintain their texture. You will receive your harvest personalized with the name you chose in the adoption process.
When will you receive it?
You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out. We harvest in September and October and will send you your almonds in November.