Adopt a passion fruit plant from the farm "Hoyo del Higuerón" in Vélez-Málaga (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of organic passion fruit at home. Sergio 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 received your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.
You adopt a passion fruit plant from our farm in Vélez-Málaga (Spain). The cultivation here is certified as organic by the European Union as of 2022. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your passion fruit. El Hoyo del Higuerón is a farm where we grow passion fruit or Maracujá (it can be named in both ways). The cultivation of this exotic fruit, which belongs to the Passiflora family, is not common in the area but we took a chance. The passion fruit plant is a climber that needs support in order to grow. It blooms twice a year, in spring and fall, and produces two harvests a year. Its beautiful and peculiar flowers are a spectacle and that's where the name “Passion fruit” comes from. Would you like us to tell you an interesting fact? A Jesuit explorer, back in 1610 found similarities between the flower and Christian religious symbols: 1. The flower has 10 petals, representing the 10 apostles who were present at the crucifixion of Christ 2. The flower has filaments, reminiscent of the crown of thorns that Jesus wore 3. It has five stamens, which represent the five wounds that were made 4. There are three pistils, which would be the three nails that held Jesus on the cross 5. The purple colour recalls the tunic that was placed on him The variety we grow is the red passion fruit (*Passiflora edulis colvilli*). This crop is very new in Europe. We have been selecting and testing the best plants for years until we found our final choice, which is quite vigorous and produces larger fruits. The passion fruit is native to Brazil, there are species that still grow wild in the tropical forests and savannas. It is a plant that cannot stand the cold and the climate where our farm is based is exceptionally suitable for it. Currently it is grown in tropical areas of Latin America and Asia and we believe that our farm is the only one in Europe dedicated to the cultivation of this plant. Growing passion fruit is a lot of work, as you need to guide the plants manually on the poles and prune them constantly. This work is entirely artisanal and family-based, providing extra employment for local workers during the harvesting stages. The harvest of this fruit is different from others since you have to wait patiently for the fruit to fall to the ground by itself and then collect it. If it is harvested earlier, it is almost certain that it will not ripen. So until it falls, it will not be at its optimum ripeness point. The productive life of a passion fruit plant is around 10 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 passion fruit dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. A passion fruit from our farm produces an average of 10kg 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.
During harvest season you can progressively receive the quantity of harvest that you reserve at the moment of adoption. You will receive a minimum of 2 boxes, which can be increased up to 5 boxes according to your needs. Shipping format: __1.5 kg box of organic passion fruit__ * *Passiflora Edulis Colvilli* (Red Passion Fruit or Passion Fruit): round shape, red-purple colour, the skin wrinkles as the fruit ripens, sour and highly aromatic flavour, orange pulp with seeds (edible) * Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2022 * We do not store the fruit in cold chambers, they go directly from the tree to your doorstep * 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 * One kilo contains between 18 and 24 fruits (the box contains between 27 and 36 fruits depending on the size) * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 2 weeks in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge) It is often said that the uglier the fruit, the better its quality. This is because the fruit wrinkles its skin as it matures. This natural dehydration causes the aromas and pulp to concentrate and indicates that it is optimal to be consumed. It can be consumed when it arrives. Don’t be put off by the wrinkles, it will taste better! To extend the fruits’ shelf life, you can store them in the fridge. You can use them in dessert recipes, eat them with yogurt, cocktails, in juices alone or mixed with other fruits. We find the best way is to eat it straight away. Split the fruit in half, grab a spoon and let the explosions of tropical flavours delight your palate.
When will you receive it?
The passion fruit has two seasons a year, one in summer and one in winter. The summer season lasts from July to October and the winter season from December to April. We do not use greenhouses so these forecasts may vary slightly depending on the weather conditions and adapting to the rhythm of nature.