organic toasted Sicilia almonds and almond spread
Na. Ma. (Natura&Mandorle)

organic toasted Sicilia almonds and almond spread

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The project

Adopt an almond tree from the farm "Na. Ma. (Natura&Mandorle)" in Avola (Italy) and receive your organic toasted Sicilia almonds and almond spread at home. Sebastiano 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 in case the preparation has not started yet.

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Additional analyses
What do you adopt?

You adopt an almond tree from our farm in Avola (Italy). The cultivation here is certified as organic by the European Union as of 2019. When placing the adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your almond tree. On our farm we have the Sicilian almond variety, which is cultivated throughout Sicily and has a particularly suitable habitat in Avola, a municipality in the province of Syracuse. The almond tree is a medium to large plant, which when fully developed can reach a height of 8-10 metres. It is a plant that enters its productive years slowly, and has a longevity of 70-80 years. The tree's crown - depending on the variety - can be either assurgent or expansive. It has a very robust root system, but it is not very expansive. Having said that, in dry, arid environments with loose soil, the roots can develop to a depth of more than 1 m. The trunk has a brown bark which is rough and cracked longitudinally. The leaves are lance-shaped and toothed at the edges, very similar to those of the peach tree, but smaller. The almond tree's flowers are pinkish-white with some areas suffused with purplish red. Climatically, the almond tree is a species that is very resistant to high summer temperatures, drought and winter cold. To ensure a natural development of the plant and to reduce the use of pesticides to zero, it is grafted onto wild bitter almonds; this natural rootstock prevents the sapling from being attacked by pests. The fruit is a drupe containing the seed, which is the edible part. We follow the cultivation of the almonds from the fields to the packaging of the fruit, our production is artisanal and family-run, so we keep an eye on each stage of the process. We take care of the harvesting, and we carry out the smalling operations directly in the field. It is at this stage that the almonds are removed from the herbaceous part present around the brown shell. They are then dried in the sun, turned several times a day until they lose all their moisture. At that point the almonds are shelled by a machine that then separates the fruit from the shells. In the last stage, the almonds are sorted by hand. This is a very demanding operation, but it leads us to being able to offer the best possible product. Your adoption is 42 years old and its maximum lifespan is 50 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 almond tree produces an average of 4kg of organic toasted Sicilia almonds and almond spread 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 2 and 4 boxes for the season, and then plan the deliveries for any of the delivery dates available in the shipment calendar. Shipping format: 2 x __Organic toasted shooked Sicilian almonds__ (500g, vacuum-packed in plastic) 2 x __Extra pure organic 100% almond spread__ (200g, glass jar) The __Sicilian almond__ is sought after in the confectionery industry. Elongated and irregular in shape, it has small pores on the shell and the seeds are rough, homogeneous, and leather-coloured. The aromatic notes are round but at the same time delicate. The almonds are already roasted in the oven to enhance their flavour and preservation, then later vacuum-sealed for shipment. The almonds can be stored for 12 months after shelling. For optimal storage, we suggest storing the almonds in one or more hermetically sealed glass jars, away from heat sources, in a cool, dry place. We shell the almonds periodically to be able to offer a fresher and crisper flavour in the fruit. Our product is a 100% artisanal, the almonds are carefully selected by hand, then packed in a bag and labelled by hand. The __100% almond cream__is easy to spread, with an intense but low-sugar taste. It is ideal for breakfast and snacks, or as an ingredient in your best desserts. The full ingredient list as well as allergen information can be downloaded from "Additional Analysis".

When will you receive it?

We harvest our almonds at the end of summer, during the month of September. Then we dry them naturally for 3 to 5 days; this is very important for the almonds to retain all their properties. It is therefore a very laborious process to which we devote several months. You can receive your almonds between July and October.

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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