guavas
Finca Isla Rubí

guavas

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

Adopt a guava tree from the "Finca Isla Rubí" farm in Cullera (Spain) and receive your guavas at home. José María 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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Conversion to organic farming
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Pesticide-free
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Personalized harvest
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Plastic-free
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Small Farm
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What do you adopt?

You adopt a guava tree from our farm in Cullera (Spain) that we cultivate following the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union. We are already in the process of converting and expect to be officially certified by 2023. The guava, or *Psidium guajava*, is a low-growing evergreen tree native to Central America. Although it is often used simply as an ornamental tree because of its beauty with its white, fragrant flowers, it is prized for its fruit, a berry with a good flavour and mild acidity, the guava. Our guava trees come specifically from the Caribbean island of Cuba. Two decades ago, an agronomist and university professor called Juan N. Pérez brought different guava clones with him and tested them to see which one was best suited to our Mediterranean climate, and the soil in which they would grow. In recent years, our relationship with Juan has been very close, especially due to the fact that some of the workers at Finca Rubí are Cubans like him. All these practices were carried out on a farm in Albalat de la Ribera, a village near Cullera. This is why the variety we currently grow is the Rojiber, which is completely adapted to the Mediterranean climate, is very fruitful and produces a very tasty fruit with small seeds. Although it is a tree that can reach heights of between 3 and 5 metres, on our farm we prune the adult trees to a height of 2 to 3 metres and a diameter of 5 metres to allow for manual harvesting. Your adoption is 11 years old and its maximum lifespan is 25 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 a guava tree produces an average of 2kg of guavas 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 1 and a maximum of 1 boxes. Once you have paid for the adoption, you will be able to plan your shipments from your user account. Shipping format: Box of 2 kg box of __guavas__ * Rojiber: The external appearance of this fruit may resemble a pear due to the colour and oval shape, with a thin skin and a creamy flesh that has pinkish or reddish tones; the taste of the guava is a mixture of sweetness and a slight touch of acidity; very aromatic. * Farming in conversion to Organic Farming since 2021 * Harvested on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics * One kilo contains between 6 and 9 fruits (the box contains between 13 and 17 fruits depending on the size) * You can eat them fresh, add them to your fruit salads, or use them in syrup or jams * When eaten fresh, it is recommended to eat it with its skin on; special mention should be made of its unique, small edible seeds * Once you receive the box of guavas, they should be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks and consumed when the green skin becomes lighter green and yellowish and the pulp is softer to the touch

When will you receive it?

In our Mediterranean area, we watch as our rojiber guava trees start to flower around May. Fruits start to appear around October time, while there are still flowers on the trees. The flowering does not stop until the very cold weather arrives, which in these latitudes comes between January and February, this is also when the trees stop producing fruit. Deliveries will be made throughout the harvest season, from the end of October until January of the following year.

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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