Hacienda Altos de Cantarriján


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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 at home. José Antonio 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 cultivated under the European Union's Organic Farming regulations. We are in the process of converting and hope to get certified in 2021. 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 were planted in 2018 and will enter full production in the next few years. As they’re still young, if they don't bear any fruit, we'll send you some from other family farms that are grown with the same quality standards and respect for the environment. The mango is a plant native to India, hence its scientific name *Mangifera indica*. It has been grown there for more than six thousand years and it was the Portuguese who introduced it to other areas of the world. There are many varieties of mango, but the ones that have best adapted to Europe are Osteen and Keitt, which are grafted onto a dwarf stock (Gomera). Thanks to this graft, you'll see that our mango trees don't grow more than three metres high, while in other tropical areas there may be taller trees. 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. The productive life of a mango tree 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 mango tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. A mango tree from our farm produces an average of 6kg 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 the amount you reserve. This way you will only pay for what you consume and we can plan and sell the remaining harvest amount 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 2 boxes. Once you paid for the adoption, you will be able to plan your shipments from your user account. Shipping format: __3kg box of mangos__ * Osteen (September-October): elongated oval shape; medium-large size; skin with a very characteristic purple shade and orange, yellow or greenish areas; 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 * Farming in transition to organic farming since 2019 * Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics * One kilo contains between 2 and 5 fruits * 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 two varieties are very similar. The Osteen variety is slightly sweeter than the Keitt variety, which has a more accentuated sour touch. Both have a low fibre content and a small stone. The size varies. On the whole, Osteen mangos usually weigh between 300 and 700 grams each, while Keitt ones can weigh up to 1.2 kilos. The mangos will arrive hard, so you'll have to wait for them to ripen before eating them. Leave them at room temperature during the ripening period and then put them in the fridge so they last longer. The speed of ripening will depend on the room temperature. Mangos received at the start of the campaign will have ripened faster than those received at the end due to the higher temperatures here on our farm. They may take up to three weeks for continued ripening at your home, so you'll have to be a bit patient. If you want to speed up the ripening process, you can wrap them in newspaper along with other climacteric fruits and store them in a slightly warmer place.

When will you receive it?

The mango season is short and begins at the end of the summer. The Osteen’s season starts earlier and the fruits are usually harvested between September and October. The Keitt’s season begins later and we harvest this variety between the end of October and November. These dates may vary by a few weeks depending on the weather. For the same reason we might be able to extend Keitt deliveries into the first two weeks of December. Harvest begins when the mangos have exceeded 8-9° Brix, which determines the sugar content of the fruit.

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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