organic avocados
La Reala

organic avocados

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The project

Adopt an avocado tree from the farm "La Reala" in Motril (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of organic avocados at home. Damián 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: 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 an avocado tree from our farm in Motril (Spain). Cultivation certified organic by the European Union and regulations of the Bio Suisse since 2014. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your avocado tree. At La Reala, we grow the Hass, Fuerte and Bacon avocados. The Hass variety is native to California, and is the most popular in the world and the main variety grown in our area. The Bacon variety also originated in California, while the Fuerte variety is native to Puebla (Mexico). Both are harvested earlier than the Hass and are green when ripe. The avocado trees on the farm have different ages, with some being around forty years old and others as young as just five years old. Their height varies depending on their age, reaching about 4 metres. The avocado trees are planted on mountainside terraces overlooking the sea and are drip-irrigated with pure water from the snowmelt of the Sierra Nevada. We harvest the avocados at their optimal point of ripeness and do not store the fruit in cold rooms. Instead they are sent directly to your home. We started with the organic certification of the farm in 2010 and it now holds the strict Bio Suisse organic certificate, awarded by the largest organic farming association in Switzerland. What's more, the cooperative where we pack the fruit currently holds the GLOBAL G.A.P. and Grasp quality certifications. Our farm has large areas of Mediterranean forest and mountains with abundant flora and wild fauna. There are many sections of pine forest and Mediterranean scrub where you can see foxes, mountain goats, chameleons or birds of prey. This finca is one of the largest associated with a farming cooperative, with which we market our agricultural products. The fruit you'll receive will come mainly from this farm, but we also rely on other members of the cooperative. We all grow under the same quality parameters controlled by the cooperative's technicians. Together we're stronger and provide better service. My father was a founding partner of the cooperative and our avocados have helped us receive the following awards: * Innovative Initiative Award, granted by the Andalusian Federation of Cooperatives * First Prize for Corporate Social Responsibility, awarded by the Ministry of Employment and Social Affairs * Generosity Award, granted by the Granada Food Bank Foundation * Ecovalia Andrés Nuñez de Prado Award for the Promotion and Research of Organic Production The productive life of an avocado treeis around 60 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 avocado tree produces an average of 20kg of organic avocados 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 the season, you will be able to receive the harvest that you are reserving now: a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 boxes. Once you paid for the adoption, you will be able to plan your shipments from your user account. Shipping format: __4kg box of organic avocados__ * Bacon (October-November): round, medium-large with smooth skin of dark green color and darkens a little more as it matures, less fat than other varieties, very suitable for making guacamole * Fuerte (October-December): pear-shaped, medium-large size, smooth and thin skin, green color when ripe with small whitish spots, less fat, suitable for preparing guacamole as well * Hass avocado (December-April): pear-shaped, dark green skin that turns black when ripe, yellowish pulp with a nutty flavour, very creamy texture, small seed * Organic farming certified by the Bio Suisse standard and the EU organic label since 2014 * Picked the day before shipment at their optimal point of ripeness and shipped in a cardboard box without plastics * Our avocado trees are not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size * One kilo contains between 4 and 8 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 reach they are ready to eat; if you receive an alread ripe piece, you can put it in the fridge or eat it straight away You can eat them when they start to feel soft to the touch. The Hass variety will start to turn black with violet tones, while the Bacon and Fuerte varieties will continue with a green skin. The speed of ripening increases with temperature, so in warmer areas or periods it can ripen faster. To eat, slice in half and remove the pulp with the help of a spoon. If you want to keep an already sliced half in the best conditions, add olive oil or lemon juice to reduce browning, store in the fridge and use as soon as possible. When removing the stem you'll see that it is yellow. However, the fruit has yet to ripen if it is green or it is overripe if it is black.

When will you receive it?

Smooth-skinned avocados (Bacon and Fuerte) ripen earlier and we can start harvesting them in October, with the season extending up to December. The ideal season to consume our Hass avocados is from December to mid-April. At this time of the year, the avocado already has enough fat to guarantee a creamy and velvety pulp packed with flavour.

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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