organic lemons

organic lemons

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Adopt a lemon tree from the farm "Oroverde" in Lentini (Italy) and receive your harvest in the form of organic lemons at home. Chiara 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: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

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What do you adopt?

You adopt a lemon tree from our farm in Lentini (Italy). The cultivation here is certified as organic by the European Union since 2014. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your lemon tree. Our company is family-run, handed down from grandparents to grandchildren who now run the business. Among the varieties of citrus fruits we grow, we could not miss the Femminello siracusano lemon. A special name, which refers to the remarkable fertility of the plant, and the unmistakable flavour of its fruits. The lemon plant has its origins in Burma, where it is found in the wild. It was introduced to Europe by the ancient Romans; it was cultivated in Italy, especially in Sicily, where it arrived thanks to Arab domination as early as the 9th century. It began to be intensively cultivated in the Syracuse area in the 17th century, thanks to the work of the Jesuit Fathers, expert growers. The lemon (up to 6 metres tall) is an evergreen fruit tree with an open growth habit and the normally thorny branches are inclined downwards. The leaves are alternate, reddish when young and then green as the years go by, darker above and lighter below, usually elongated in shape. The flowers are white and purple, sweetly scented, may be solitary or in pairs. In favourable climatic conditions they are produced practically all year round. Your adoption is 31 years old and its productive life is around 50 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 lemon tree produces an average of 70kg of organic lemons 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 harvest season you can progressively receive the quantity of harvest that you reserve at the moment of adoption. You will be able to receive a minimum of 2 boxes, which can be increased up to 14 boxes according to your needs. Shipping format: __5kg box of organic lemons__ * Femminello Siracusano lemon (from December to April): light yellow flesh with lots of juice, skin colour varies from green to yellow, slightly wrinkled appearance, rich in essential oils, very few seeds and typical lemon flavour, with high acidity * Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2014 * Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics * 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 4 and 6 fruits * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 3 weeks in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge) * You'll see that the first lemons of the season may have a greenish hue, but over the weeks they'll take on the typical yellow tone of this variety Inside the box you will find 5 kg of fragrant Femminello Siracusano lemons, this variety is considered among the most valuable in Italy and preserves 30% more juice. Furthermore, it is excellent as a condiment for fish dishes and as an antioxidant. Finally, being an organic product, the peel can be used to aromatize salty and sweet dishes. You can also dry the lemon peel, use it candied or prepare some excellent jams.

When will you receive it?

Despite this variety producing lemons throughout the year, we will send them from November to April because it is the time of year when temperatures are most favourable for transport.

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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