organic papayas
Huerto Los Montieles

organic papayas

The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
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The project

Adopt a papaya plant from the farm "Huerto Los Montieles" in Cuevas del Almanzora (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of organic papayas at home. Javier 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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What do you adopt?

You adopt a papaya plant from our farm in Cuevas del Almanzora (Spain). The cultivation here is certified as organic by the European Union since 2021. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your papaya plant. The papaya plant (*Carica papaya*) has its roots in America – it looks like a tree, but is considered an evergreen shrub that can reach 3 in height. We grow two very similar varieties, Sweet Sense and Alicia, which are practically indistinguishable. The papaya is a very robust plant, with large, long leaves and a milky sap that can irritate the skin. The fruit is produced attached to the trunk, making a kind of 'belly' around it. There are plants with female, male or hermaphroditic flowers. Those that produce the best fruits are hermaphrodite plants – these are the ones we send to you. We cultivate our fruits organically, from planting onwards, and in the traditional way. We don't come from a farming family, so we decided to start our journey into the world of agriculture as an organic organisation, right from the outset. The papaya is a tropical fruit; to grow it in Europe, it must be protected from winter storms through the use of greenhouses. During the summer months, we open them up to allow the plant to connect with nature, but, without these, the crop would not survive the winter months in this area. Your adoption is 2 year old and its productive life is around 2 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 papaya plant produces an average of 40kg of organic papayas 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 10 boxes according to your needs. Shipping format: __4kg box of organic papayas __ * Sweet Sense or Alicia: Sweet papayas with a pleasant smell, yellow skin when ripe and salmon-coloured pulp; soft and juicy texture on the palate * Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2021 * 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 * One kilo contains between 1 and 2 fruits * 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 are ready to eat; if you receive an already ripe piece, you can put it in the fridge or eat it straight away We harvest the papaya when it begins to change colour from green to yellow. This way, the fruit will continue to ripen after being harvested. To ripen correctly, it must be kept at a temperature of around 20°C. Once it has ripened, you can store it in the fridge and it will last for a few more days. If the fruit is kept cold before it ripens, it may not mature correctly. Cut it in half and use a spoon to remove the pulp, or eat it like a melon. You don't need to peel it, but you can prepare herbal teas with the remains of its skin. The seeds can also be eaten, offering some great health benefits. As well as being low in calories, they contain very little protein and fat. What’s more, they're rich in Vitamins A, C and potassium. On top of all this, they also contain papain. __Please note__: The papaya must be harvested very close to the point of consumption, so it is likely to arrive with aesthetic damage during transport; even so, the fruit should arrive in perfect organoleptic condition.

When will you receive it?

Papayas grow and bloom during the summer, while in winter they begin to ripen – as a result, the harvest period runs from December to June.

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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