El Peñoncillo


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Adopt a mango tree from the "El Peñoncillo" farm in Torrox (Spain) and receive your mangos at home. 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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What do you adopt?

You adopt a mango tree from our farm in Torrox (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 2025. When placing the adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your mango tree. You adopt a late-season mango tree of the Kent or Keitt varieties. The mango is a plant from the cashew family (*Anacardiaceae*) and its scientific name *Mangifera indica* refers to its origin close to the Indian Ocean. These trees are still in the growth phase as they're just six years old, but will reach maximum yield between the ages of ten and twelve. They're still quite small, reaching a height of 2.5 to 3 metres. The tree trunk is rough, while the hard, smooth leaves have a narrow oval shape tapering to a point at each end, with a vibrant green colour on the front and a slightly paler green on the underside. The mango is a very simple and hardy crop. We paint their trunks white to prevent diseases that can be caused by the sun's rays. The sun can crack the trunk, allowing fungi or other microorganisms to enter these wounds. This plant comes from Southeast Asia, where it grows wild. It has been grown in our area since the second half of the twentieth century, although the cultivated area has increased over the past twenty years. I have a deep-rooted conviction about the benefits of using natural methods in agriculture. That's why while I was studying agronomy, I convinced my family to take the plunge towards securing the organic farming label. Your adoption is 6 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. By adopting a mango tree you can receive up to 5kg of mangos 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 with 5kg of mangos__ * Kent (October - November): oval-rounded shape, medium-large size, tough reddish-yellow skin, flesh with few fibers; sweet, slightly acidic taste * Keitt (October - November): ovoid-oblong shape, large size, green and pink skin, has low fiber content, pulp with a sweet , slightly sour, taste * Farming in conversion to Organic Farming since 2022 * Picked the day before shipment at their optimal point of ripeness and shipped in a cardboard box without plastic * Our trees are not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size * One kilo contains between 1 and 5 fruits * Keep them 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 * Important: The fruits usually arrive hard, keep them at room temperature until 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 first thing you should do when you receive the box of mangos is inspect the fruit. Some pieces might be ready to eat, but you might have to wait a few days until the others are ready. This can range from three to twenty days, depending on the variety and the ripening conditions. If you have to wait, keep the mangos in a dry place. Their ripening will depend on the respiration rate of the fruit; placing them at a higher temperature speeds up respiration and ripening. When they give slightly under your fingers and begin to give off their aroma, you can place them in the fridge and eat them about ten days later. If for some reason they over-ripen, you can freeze the flesh to make smoothies or other recipes in the future, dehydrate them, or make jam with them. The Keitt variety can take more than twenty days to ripen, but be patient, wrap them in newspaper, and place them next to other climacteric fruits to speed up the process. This happens because our mangos don't go through ripening chambers, and nature takes its time to reach perfection. This variety can produce mangos up to 1.4 kg! This isn't commonplace, but make sure you enjoy it if you get a mango weighing that much. You might receive some very small mangos in your box, which are hard to find in shops as they normally have no commercial value, but they are absolutely delicious! These 'baby' mangos come from flowers that failed to pollinate properly, so the fruit could fully develop but without a stone. Not all boxes will include them, but if you do try them, please let me know what you think!

When will you receive it?

The season starts in late September and ends in mid-November, although this can change depending on the weather each 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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