passion fruit
Las Canarias

passion fruit

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

Adopt a passion fruit plant from the "Las Canarias" farm in Torre del Mar (Spain) and receive your passion fruit at home. Eva 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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Conversion to organic farming
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What do you adopt?

You adopt a passion fruit plant from our farm in Torre del Mar (Spain) that we cultivate following the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union. We are already in the process of converting and expect to be officially certified by 2024. Passion fruit, sometimes referred to as maracuja, is an exotic climbing plant from the Passiflora family that originally comes from South America, but is now grown in various countries with a tropical climate. It's an uncommon crop in Europe, but we decided to plough ahead with its cultivation. The passion fruit we grow is the purple variety (*Passiflora Edulis x Colvillii*) and the rootstock is PFA (Passion Fruit Axarquía), which we have developed over many years to give a more productive, longer lasting and more flavoursome fruit that is resistant to pests such as soil fungi. We researched various varieties to develop one that best adapts to the climate conditions on our farm. We ended up with the PFA hybrid, which can withstand root rot so well that each plant can grow for more than five years. The passion fruit blooms for several months a year, giving us a prolonged harvest for about nine months from July to March, with production peaks in August and January. The amount of fruit available depends on the weather, as we grow the plants outdoors without the help of greenhouses or plastic covers. This makes our crop much tastier, but at the same time more sensitive to inclement weather. To guarantee its special flavour, we individually and manually collect only the fruit that naturally falls from the plant, as this means that it has reached its optimal point of ripeness. It's a climbing plant with tendrils that cling to surfaces and other plants, and can reach a height of nine metres. Its leaf is perennial and its roots are shallow, while its ideal climate for growth is tropical. In our area, the plant develops normally thanks to the subtropical climate. The fruit came over to Europe on expeditions led by the Spanish and the Portuguese. It has a stunning and very characteristic flower. The name 'passion fruit' stems from the similarities that the Jesuits found in its flower with certain Christian symbols. 1. The flower has ten petals, representing the ten apostles present at the Crucifixion of Jesus. 2. The flower has filaments, reminiscent of the crown of thorns worn by Jesus. 3. It has five sepals, symbolising the five wounds that Jesus suffered. 4. There are three stigmas, which symbolise the three nails that held Jesus to the cross. 5. The purple colour is reminiscent of the robe that was placed on him. Everything on our farm is done manually: the selection of new cuttings; the rooting and planting; the transplanting; the pruning, guiding and brushing of the plants; and ultimately the harvesting. Your adoption is 1 years old and its maximum lifespan is 10 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. By adopting a passion fruit plant you can receive up to 4.5kg of passion fruit 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?

During the season, you will be able to receive the harvest that you are reserving now: a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 boxes. Once you have paid for the adoption, you will be able to plan your shipments from your user account. Shipping format: __1.5kg box of 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) * Farming in conversion to Organic Farming since 2022 * We do not store the fruit in cold chambers, they go directly from the tree to your doorstep * Our trees are not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size * One kilo contains between 18 and 24 fruits * 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! 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?

Our passion fruit has a continuous season. It blooms in the months of April to May and begins its production in July up to the months of February and March of the following year. There are months when flowers and fruits coincide on the plant, showcasing the gift that Mother Nature gives to our plantation. We work according to Mother Nature without greenhouses, so these forecasts can vary depending on the weather conditions and environmental patterns. We have production peaks due to higher temperatures, so the amount of fruit available during the year, although continuous, is variable. IMPORTANT: Passion fruits cannot be picked from the plant and are harvested when the fruit ripens and falls to the ground. It is difficult to guarantee quantity forecasts as we will not always have fruit available: some weeks we will have a lot of fruit, others not so much. We recommend that you plan the shipment of all your passion fruit boxes at the time of adoption so that you do not run out of fruit in case quantities are low during the shipping season.

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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