organic mangoes and avocados
La Gitanilla

organic mangoes and avocados

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Adopt a mango tree from the "La Gitanilla" farm in Vélez-Málaga (Spain) and receive your organic mangoes and avocados at home. Nazaret 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 mango tree from our farm in Vélez-Málaga (Spain). The cultivation here has been certified as organic by the European Union since 2009. When placing the adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your mango tree. The mango tree you're adopting has a long history. This crop was first commercially produced in the province of Málaga back in the 1980s, although it's not known when certain examples of mango trees in the La Axarquía area were actually planted. The first varieties of mangoes that arrived in La Axarquía came from Florida and Israel, areas where their viability had been proven and which have a similar climate to ours. Mangoes have been part of our family since the 1980s, when we created one of the first plantations of this crop that back then was pretty much unknown. Initially due to the lack of reliable data on varietal adaptability, endless varieties of mango were tested. We selected the ones that best suited our weather conditions and had the best organoleptic characteristics, and then we chose the ones that can be harvested on different dates. We currently grow the Osteen, Kent, Palmer and Keitt varieties. These are varieties that offer a broader window of production, from September to November, so we get to enjoy this delicious fruit for longer. In addition to researching so many varieties, we were pioneers in the fully organic production of mangoes. That was quite a challenge back in the 80s as very little was known about how to grow this crop organically. But we learned a lot and we now altruistically advise other farmers who want to implement organic farming. In your box, you'll also find some avocados of the Bacon variety. This is a variety has a mild flavour and smooth skin. This fruit also helps with pollination on our farm, as avocado flowers are monoecious and open their petals at different times of the day. By having different varieties, we can make sure that male and female flowers coincide and encourage cross-pollination. What's more, you'll receive a bottle of organic mango jam that we make ourselves in the traditional way with mangoes that have ripened on the tree and need to be used immediately, because they wouldn't cope with a long trip in a box. In order to guarantee the quality of our mangoes, we recently certified our farm under the 'Mango de Málaga' standards, a benchmark for mangoes produced in the Málaga area that meet organoleptic requirements and quality standards. This certificate guarantees that the fruit is picked straight from the tree with the right ripening conditions and an optimal sugar level. Your adoption is 15 years old and its maximum lifespan is 35 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. 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?

During the season, you will be able to receive the harvest that you are reserving now: a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 1 boxes. Once you have paid for the adoption, you will be able to plan your shipments from your user account. Shipping format: __Box with 2,5kg of organic mangoes and 2kg of organic avocados__ (and 1 jar of organic mango jam as a gift) * Mango Osteen (September - October): ovoid-elongated shape, medium-large size, skin with a very characteristic purple hue and orange, yellow or greenish tones, has a low amount of fiber, pulp with a sweet and slightly sour flavour * Mango Palmer Rojo (October): elongated shape, small to medium sized, reddish skin, very smooth, fine-fibred pulp and sweet taste * Mango Keitt (October - November): ovoid-oblong shape, large size, green and pink skin, has low fiber content, pulp with a sweet and slightly sour taste * Avocado Bacon (October - November): round, medium-large with smooth skin of dark green colour and darkens a little more as it matures, less fat than other varieties, very suitable for making guacamole * Hass avocado (December - April): pear-shaped, dark green skin that turns black when ripe, yellowish pulp with a nutty flavour, very creamy texture, small stone * 1 x organic mango jam (45g jar) * Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2009 * Harvested on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics * Our farm is not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size * Mango: One kilo contains between 1 and 4 fruits * Avocado: One kilo contains between 4 and 8 fruits * It is a climacteric fruit which is harvested when it reaches physiological maturity; after being picked from the tree it then continues to ripen until it has reached its optimum point for consumption * Important note: the fruits usually arrive hard; to ripen them, keep them at room temperature until they are ready to eat; if you receive some fruit that is already ripe, you can either eat it right away or keep it in the fridge Our tips for eating your avocados: The Bacon has less fat than other varieties such as the Hass and has a smooth flavour with a buttery texture. You can tell that it has reached its point of ripeness when its skin loses its shininess and becomes softer to the touch.

When will you receive it?

As our farm is just a few hours from central Europe, we can pick our fruit when it's at the perfect moment of ripeness so that you can set off on a taste journey when eating this delicious fruit. The harvesting season begins in mid-September and, depending on the weather, can last until December.

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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