organic oranges and custard apples
Hacienda Altos de Cantarriján

organic oranges and custard apples

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The project

Adopt an orange tree from the farm "Hacienda Altos de Cantarriján" in Almuñecar (Spain) and receive your organic oranges and 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: once you have received your organic oranges and custard apples and enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

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What do you adopt?

You adopt an orange tree from our farm in Almuñecar (Spain). The cultivation here is certified as organic by the European Union since 2017. When placing the adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your orange tree. The oranges and the custard apples that you're going to receive come from Finca Valdivieso in Seville. Both fruits ripen in the winter, which is when the harvest takes place. The oranges are sweet and great for eating whole or for juicing. The trees were planted in 2007 and the farm has been organic since 2017. We have two varieties of oranges, Navelina and Salustiana. The Navelinas ripen earlier and have the typical navel, while the Salustianas ripen later and are without navel. The orange tree is a vigorous tree, with strong and leafy medium-sized branches that can reach up to three metres. The Salustiana variety is thought to have appeared in Valencia (Spain) by spontaneous mutation in the middle of the twentieth century. The Navelina variety came about in California by the spontaneous mutation of the Washington Navel orange. 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 conversion process and will have the Organic Farming certification in 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 15 years old and its productive life is 30 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 being able to produce for any reason, we will replace it with an other, and we guarantee your delivery from the produce of others for that season. Your orange tree produces an average of 30kg of organic oranges and custard apples each season. You do not have to commit to ordering the entire harvest though. Each season you can decide how much you want to reserve, and you pay the maintenance cost according to that amount. This way you only pay for what you plan to consume, and we can offer any surplus harvest to others.

What will you receive?

You can reserve the boxes for the season, and then progressively plan the delivery of your boxes for any of the delivery dates available in the shipment calendar. Shipping format: __Box with 2kg of organic oranges and 2kg of organic custard apples__ * Fino de Jete custard apple (November-March): 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 * Navelina oranges (December-January): They have a small prominent navel, an oval shape, and are very juicy * Salustiana oranges (January-March): round shape, medium size, orange-coloured fruits, thin skin, high juice content, perfect balance between tartness and sweetness * Organic orange farming since 2017 and organic custard apple farming since 2020 * Picked the day before shipment at their optimal point of ripeness and shipped in a cardboard box without plastics * 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 * 1kg of oranges contains between 7 and 9 pieces (the box contains between 14 and 18 fruits depending on the size) * 1kg of custard apples contains between 3 and 6 pieces (the box contains between 6 and 12 fruits depending on the size) * Keep the custard apples at room temperature until they ripen, and then put them in the fridge so they last longer * Custard apples are climacteric fruits. They are harvested when they reach physiological ripeness but continue to evolve 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 straight away The custard apples are delicious fruits 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 many seeds, which is characteristic of the Annonaceae. Although they might seem annoying, eating them is a truly unique experience. This fruit will bring a special flavour to your table. Please note: 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?

The oranges in our area are ready to harvest when the cold weather arrives. 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. We'll have boxes available from late autumn to late winter.

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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