avocados and organic custard apples
Hacienda Altos de Cantarriján

avocados and organic custard apples

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The project

Adopt an avocado tree from the farm "Hacienda Altos de Cantarriján" in Almuñecar (Spain) and receive your avocados and organic custard apples 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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Plastic-free
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Organic
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Family Farm
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What do you adopt?

You adopt an avocado tree from our farm in Almuñecar (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 2022. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your avocado tree. The avocados that you're going to receive along with the custard apples also ripen in the winter, which is when the harvest takes place. This variety has a high fat content and turns almost black when ripe. The trees were planted between the 1980s and the 2010s. The farm is converting to Organic Farming and we hope to be certified by 2022. The avocado is a plant that comes from America. The Hass variety gets its name from Rudolph Hass, who selected it in 1926 in California, although it was first introduced to the market in the 1960s. The cherimoya, or the 'custard apple', is one of the most traditional fruits grown on the Costa Tropical of Granada. This fruit is very popular in the region but unknown to many people. This variety is known as the Fino de Jete and was developed in the area. Its name refers to Jete, a village in the heart of the region where this variety was planted and selected in the late nineteenth century from plants that came to the south of Spain from South America in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The tree grows to a medium height and has intense green leaves. It belongs to the Annonaceae (*Annona cherimola*) family. As it's a species from other latitudes, it doesn't have natural pollinators in the area, so each flower must be pollinated by hand after extracting pollen from other flowers. This is a very labour-intensive and meticulous process that has to be carried out by experienced people in order to be successful. Some of these trees were planted by my grandparents and great-grandparents in the 1930s and 1940s, and they're still bearing incredible fruit. Most of our family's custard apple plots have been organic since 2020. There are others that are still in the certification process and will have the Organic Farming certification by 2023. I'm still very young, but I've lived in the countryside since I was little, because I come from a family with a long tradition in the farming of subtropical fruits. My grandfather has taught me many things. The Hacienda Altos de Cantarriján is located in an exceptional part of the Mediterranean with an incredible microclimate for avocado farming. It straddles the provinces of Málaga and Granada and is sheltered by the mountains to the north, with views to the Mediterranean in the south. The most typical problem in this area is the strong wind in the winter, which can blow some of the fruit off the trees. That's why we prefer the trees not to grow too tall. Your adoption is 20 years old and its productive life is around 100 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 80kg of avocados and organic custard apples 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 0 and a maximum of 0 boxes. Once you paid for the adoption, you will be able to plan your shipments from your user account. Shipping format: __Box with 2kg of avocados and 2kg of organic custard apples__ * Fino de Jete custard apple: thin, scale-like skin with pale green hue; uniform and variable size; heart-shaped; highly aromatic with a slightly bittersweet taste reminiscent of a mix between a pineapple and a banana; many seeds * Hass avocado: pear-shaped, dark green skin that turns black when ripe, yellowish pulp with a nutty flavour, very creamy texture, small stone * Avocados in conversion to organic farming since 2019 and custard apples organically farmed since 2020 * 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 * 1 kg of avocados contains between 6 and 8 pieces * 1 kg of custard apples contains between 3 and 5 pieces * Keep them at room temperature until they ripen, and then put them in the fridge so they last longer * They're climacteric fruits and are harvested when they reach physiological ripeness but continue to ripen after harvesting until they're ready to eat * Important: The fruits should arrive hard, so keep them at room temperature until they're ready to eat. If you've received a ready-to-eat piece, you can place it in the fridge or eat it straight away The custard apple is a delicious fruit but very delicate to transport. They ripen very quickly so we recommend eating them as soon as they're soft. The best way to eat them is to cut them in half and scoop out the pulp with a spoon. This fruit has a manyf seeds, which is characteristic of the Annonaceae. Although they might seem annoying, eating them is a truly unique experience. This fruit will give a special flavour to your table. Warning: The custard apple might arrive with cosmetic damage due to transport, so please be aware of this. Even so, the fruit will be in perfect organoleptic conditions.

When will you receive it?

In our area, the Hass avocado reaches its optimal point of ripeness in late autumn. We can send out your harvest between late November and early spring. The harvest begins when the avocados have acquired the dry matter that defines their characteristic creaminess. The custard apple harvest starts in October and runs until May. However, we prefer not to send overripe custard apples, so we'll only dispatch them in the winter, when the fruit ripens more slowly.

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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