organic mandarins

organic mandarins

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The project

Adopt a mandarin tree from the farm "Oroverde" in Lentini (Italy) and receive your harvest in the form of organic mandarins 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 mandarin 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 mandarin tree. Our company is family-run, handed down from grandparents to grandchildren who now run the business. On our land we grow a very special variety of mandarin. The so-called late Ciaculli mandarin, otherwise known as “marzuddu” ripens in March, owes its name to the hamlet of Palermo called Ciaculli, where it was born. Due to the characteristics of the land, this fruit ripens later than other varieties and has unique and inimitable organoleptic properties. It is grown using non-invasive techniques, where manual work by man takes precedence over mechanical work. The plant reaches a height of about 3m with a crown diameter of about 3m. Mandarin trees start bearing fruit 2-3 years after grafting, while good productivity is reached after 4-5 years. 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 mandarin tree produces an average of 50kg of organic mandarins 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 10 boxes according to your needs. Shipping format: __5kg box of organic mandarins__ * Late Ciaculli mandarin (January-April): very pronounced aroma around the peel which is very rich in natural oil, very thin skin and may have many seeds * 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 6 and 10 fruits (the box contains between 30 and 50 fruits depending on the size) * 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) Within the box you will find various sizes of mandarins. The smaller fruits are suitable for juices or for the preparation of jams while the larger ones are excellent to eat straight away. Being an organic product, the peel can be used to aromatize salty and sweet dishes, it is also possible to dry or use it for candied fruit.

When will you receive it?

We will send the late Ciaculli mandarins from January to April.

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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