organic dragon fruits
Huerto Los Montieles

organic dragon fruits

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The project

Adopt a dragon fruit plant from the farm "Huerto Los Montieles" in Cuevas del Almanzora (Spain) and receive your organic dragon fruits at home. Javier 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 dragon fruit plant from our farm in Cuevas del Almanzora (Spain). The cultivation here is certified as organic by the European Union as of 2020. The pitahaya (*Hylocereus spp*.) is a plant native to tropical and subtropical America, and was already known to the native peoples. The name pitahaya means 'scaly fruit' in the Antillean language, although it is also known as dragonfruit because of the bracts on its skin that resemble the scales of a large reptile, like a dragon. It belongs to the cactaceae (cactus) family, which is why it needs very little water and is very resistant to droughts. It has long, triangular stems, and in its native state usually tangles around the trees and palms as it climbs several metres in search of sunlight. Its flowers are beautiful, tubular, and adapted for pollination by bats in particular. It lacks natural pollinators in Europe (European bats do not pollinate these flowers), so in order for the flowers to set, they must be hand-pollinated, usually before dawn, as they are ephemeral and begin to degrade in the sun. It is mostly cultivated in Asian and American countries due to the favourable climate, while in Europe it can be cultivated in regions where there is no winter frost, like Andalusia. We grow the red variety with red or white pulp, which is the one that best suits our climate. We do not come from a family of farmers – motivated by our belief in developing a more sustainable form of agriculture, we decided to start our journey in agriculture by growing ecologically from the beginning. Your adoption is 4 years old and its maximum lifespan is 25 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 producing for any reason, we will replace it with another, and guarantee you the delivery from the production of other units. Your dragon fruit plant produces an average of 10kg of organic dragon fruits 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 between 0 and 0 boxes for the season, and then progressively plan theit delivery for any of the delivery dates available in the shipment calendar. Shipping format: __2kg box of organic dragon fruits__ * Red dragon fruit: Oval shape; medium size (about 350g per piece); fleshy skin with waxy-looking triangular bracts; red on the outside, and white or red on the inside; with small black seeds and a soft, sweet pulp * Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2020 * To protect the plants and ensure their growth, this product was grown with the help of additional artificial structures (greenhouses) * We do not store fruits in cold chambers, they go directly from the tree to your doorstep * Our farm is not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size * One kilo contains between 3 and 6 fruits * If you keep them in the fridge, they can last up to 15 days in good condition

When will you receive it?

The harvest season starts at the end of summer and lasts until the end of autumn. The amount of fruit depends on the flowering, which is usually linked to the cycles of the moon.

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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