Adopt an avocado tree from the farm "Finca Los Pepones" in Vélez-Málaga (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of avocados and organic lemons at home. María 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 avocado tree from our farm in Vélez-Málaga (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 2024. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your avocado tree. The avocado trees are of the Bacon and Fuerte varieties. They're very similar trees, growing to about three to four metres and with a crown diameter of about 5m². Over the years, the trunk becomes very robust and the root system is very broad and above ground, so you easily find the roots of the trees if you walk around the farm. Most of the trees are adults, although there are also newly planted trees that have replaced the ones that died naturally. The adults produce an average of 30kg each season, while the younger ones will start to produce within three to four years. These varieties are planted to aid the pollination of other varieties such as Hass or Lamb Hass. This is because the avocado tree has a hermaphrodite flower that opens its flowers twice, first as a female and then as a male. As a result, we need to have two varieties that open their flowers in female and male versions at different times, as this means that open female and male flowers coincide and the bees can work and pollinate. The Fuerte and Bacon varieties open their flowers at different times than the Hass variety. However, Bacon and Fuerte are avocado varieties with exceptional flavour and quality. What's more, as they start their season earlier than other varieties, we can produce avocados for longer throughout the year. That's why we chose these varieties and increased the plantation. With your adoption, you'll receive a mixed box of avocados and lemons. The lemons are of the Fino variety, which we've been growing organically for more than twenty years. The Fino variety is one of the widest grown in Spain. Our lemon trees are about three metres high. They have a canopy composed of very thin and thorny branches. Their leaves are evergreen, with a dark green colour on top and a slightly paler green on the bottom. This is a traditional crop in the area and sometimes the trees can live for more than one hundred years. They have hermaphrodite flowers (blossom), surface roots and a very intense citrus aroma, which you soon notice as you walk around the farm. Your adoption is 21 years old and its productive life is around 50 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. Your avocado tree produces an average of 30kg each season. 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.
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 2 boxes, which can be increased up to 7 boxes according to your needs. Shipping format: __Box with 3kg of avocados in conversion to organic + 1kg of organic lemons__ * Avocado Fuerte (October - February): pear-shaped, medium-large size, smooth and thin skin, green colour when ripe with small whitish spots, less fat, very suitable for making guacamole * Fino lemon (October - April): oval shape; yellow or green skin with a thin and smooth rind; pale yellow flesh; bitter flavour. * Avocado farming in transition to organic farming since 2021 and lemon organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 1999 * We do not store the fruit in cold chambers, they go directly from the tree to your doorstep * 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 3 and 6 pieces (the box contains between 9 and 18 fruits depending on the size) * One kilo of lemons contains between 6 and 10 pieces * Store the avocados at room temperature until they ripen, and then place in the fridge so they last longer * The avocado is a climacteric fruit, harvested when it reaches physiological ripeness but continues to develop after harvesting until it is ready for consumption * Important: The fruits usually arrive hard, keep them at room temperature until they reach 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 lemons will last for two weeks if kept in a cool and airy place in good conditions (keep in the fridge if you want them to last longer) When you receive the avocados, you'll have to wait for them to be ready to eat. They should arrive very hard, although some may be ready to eat. __How do I know when they're ready for consumption?__ First of all, when you press the skin, it should give in all over the fruit. If only part of the fruit gives in, it's starting to ripen but it still has a couple of days to be ready. Second, if you remove the stalk at the top and it's yellow, that means that it's ripe. If it's still green. it means that you'll have to wait a little bit longer. __How can I get them to ripen a little earlier?__ A little trick is to wrap the fruit in newspaper and put it in a warmer area of your house, for example, in the kitchen pantry instead of in a fruit bowl. __How can I make them last longer?__ If they all ripen at the same time and you want to have more time to enjoy them, you can put them in the fridge and take them out when you want to eat them. I recommend taking them out one day before eating so that they're not cold and have a softer pulp.
When will you receive it?
The season for these varieties begins in October and ends in December, so deliveries will be made during this period. However, they're fruits and we're fully dependent on the weather, so these dates may vary slightly.