mangos and avocados
Hacienda Altos de Cantarriján

mangos and avocados

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The project

Adopt a mango tree from the farm "Hacienda Altos de Cantarriján" in Almuñecar (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of mangos and avocados at home. José 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: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

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Environmentalist
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Conversion to organic farming
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Plastic-free
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Young Farmer
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Family Farm
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Visitors welcome
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Additional analyses
What do you adopt?

You adopt a mango tree from our farm in Almuñecar (Spain) that we cultivate following the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union. We are in the process of converting and hope to get certified in 2022. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your mango tree. We grow two varieties of mangos: Osteen and Keitt. The trees you're adopting are of these two varieties. Planted in 2018, they're very similar and will enter full production in the next few years. The mango originated in India and today grows in tropical and subtropical areas around the world. There are many varieties of mango, but the ones that have best adapted to Europe are Osteen and Keitt. Our mango trees don't grow in excess of three metres high, while in other tropical areas there may be trees that are several metres high. On the coast of Granada, the mango has been grown commercially for about two decades, although there are records of botanical crops from the early twentieth century. Along with your adopted mangos, you'll also receive avocados from our farms. The smooth-skinned avocado ripens at the same time as the mango. We grow the Bacon and the Fuerte varieties, which are characterised by having a lower fat content and remaining green when they ripen. The avocado is a plant that originally comes from America. The Bacon variety gets its name from James Bacon, who was the first person to grow it in 1920 in California. The Fuerte avocado originates in Puebla, Mexico, and was given its name Fuerte, meaning "strong" in Spanish, because it resists harsh winters. In fact, it was the hardiest of all the varieties, surviving an especially tough winter in the region. Your adoption is 4 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 mango tree produces an average of 20kg 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 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 4 boxes according to your needs. Shipping format: __2,5kg box of mangos and 2,5kg of avocados__ * Osteen (September - October): ovoid-elongated shape, medium-large size, skin with a very characteristic purple hue and orange, yellow or greenish tones, has a low amount of fiber, pulp with a sweet flavor and slightly sour * Keitt (October - November): ovoid-oblong shape, large size, green and pink skin, has low fiber content, pulp with a sweet taste and a slightly sour * Bacon (September - November): round, medium-large with smooth skin of dark green color and darkens a little more as it matures, less fat than other varieties, very suitable for making guacamole * 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 * Farming in transition to organic farming since 2019 * Picked the day before shipment at their optimal point of ripeness and shipped in a cardboard box without plastics * One kilo of mangos contains between 1 and 5 fruits (the box contains 6-8 fruits approximately, depending on the size) * One kilo of avocados contains between 4 and 8 fruits (the box contains 11-16 fruits approximately, depending on the size) * 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 * 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 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 On an organoleptic level, the smooth-skinned avocado varieties are very similar and have a lower amount of fat but are very tasty. They're great for making guacamole and other avocado dips. The first thing you should do when you receive the box is inspect the fruit. Some pieces might be ready, although you'll most likely have to wait a few days until they're ripe and ready-to-eat. The waiting time can range from three to twenty days, depending on the ripening conditions. If you have to wait, keep the avocados in a dry place. Their ripening will depend on the respiration rate of the fruit; storing 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 during the following ten days. If for some reason they over-ripen, you can freeze the mango pulp to make smoothies or other recipes in the future, dehydrate them, or make jam. Keep in mind that these avocado varieties ripen with green skin, so don't wait for them to turn black. 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 pass through ripening chambers, and nature takes its time to reach perfection. This variety can produce mangos up to 1.4 kg! This isn't common, but make sure you enjoy it if you get a mango weighing that much. You might receive some very small avocados or mangos in your box, which are hard to find in shops as they normally have no commercial value, but they're absolutely delicious! These 'baby' avocados or mangos come from flowers that failed to pollinate properly, so the fruit could fully develop. Not all boxes will have them, but if you do get to try some, please let me know what you think!

When will you receive it?

From September onwards, you'll be able to receive the mixed box of mangos and avocados, which we'll be able to send until late November, i.e. the end of the mango harvest season. The avocado harvest season begins once they've reached the necessary fat levels and the mango harvest begins once they have enough sugar. The dates may vary depending on the weather.

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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