organic mango
Finca Montealegre

organic mango

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Adopt a mango tree from the farm "Finca Montealegre" in Competa (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of organic mango at home. Antonio 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: 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 Competa (Spain). Cultivation certified organic by the European Union since 2016. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your mango tree. The mango trees in our Montealegre project are part of a series of farms that we cultivate in the Axarquía region, in the east of the province of Málaga between the Sierra Tejeda and the Mediterranean Sea. Due to its history and the particularities of the land, this region has many more smallholdings than large farms. Our mango trees are part of the small farms owned by our partners, who have been cultivating them all their lives. And today, they form part of a project aimed at getting a fair value for the product. This means that you're adopting a mango tree grown by farmers who work the land with respect and the natural resources available. They include varieties that are successful in the region thanks to their adaptation to the climate and their organoleptic properties. The mango was introduced to Spain via the Canary Islands in the eighteenth century. It reached the mainland in the 1950s, and since then has evolved to achieve a series of varieties adapted to climate-related and commercial requirements, such as Tommy Atkins, Osteen and Keitt. They can be grown in southern Europe thanks mainly to the mild winters on the coasts of Málaga and Granada, with minimum temperatures above 5-7°C. As they're a species native to monsoon climates, the amount of rainfall isn't as important as its distribution throughout the year, with a mix of dry seasons and other wet ones. For example, rainfall during the flowering and harvesting season prevents the tree from yielding fruit. Your adoption is 27 years old and its maximum lifespan is 40 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 adoption produces an average of 20kg of organic mango 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.

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 8 boxes. Once you paid for the adoption, you will be able to plan your shipments from your user account. Shipping format: __2,5kg box of organic mangoes__ * Tommy Atkins (late August-September): oval shape; medium size; smooth orange skin with a red blush; slightly fibrous pulp; and mildly sweet flavour * Osteen (September-October): elongated oval shape; medium-large size; skin with a very characteristic purple hue and orange, yellow or greenish spots; low fibre content; pulp with a sweet flavour and a touch of sourness * Keitt (October-November): oval/oblong shape; large size; green and pink skin; low fibre content; pulp with a sweet flavour and a touch of sourness * Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2016 * Picked the day before shipment at their optimal point of ripeness and shipped in a cardboard box without plastics * Our trees are not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size * One kilo contains between 1 and 5 fruits * Store them at room temperature until they ripen, and then place in the fridge so they last 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 reach they are ready to eat; if you receive an alread ripe piece, you can put it in the fridge or eat it straight away.

When will you receive it?

The mango is a fruit whose quality and flavour are perceived when it is harvested at the right moment of ripeness. Producing mangoes in Southern Europe means that we can adjust the harvesting period and achieve a really delicious fruit. If you haven't tried a mango with these characteristics, you really don't know its flavour! We have three varieties that are harvested at different times of the year, so you can enjoy this fruit throughout almost all the autumn: * We start at the end of August with the Tommy Atkins variety * In September, the Osteen harvest begins * And we finish the harvest season with the Keitt variety, from mid-October to mid-November. We don't mix varieties in your box, so if you want to try each of them, make sure you organise your orders according to the dates indicated.

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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