Passion fruits from Sicilian Passion

2.20 kg/box

Passion fruits from Sicilian Passion

2.20 kg/box

Buy directly from the farmer. Without intermediaries.
Limited & seasonal harvest.
The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
Specifications
Contents of the box: 1 box contains 2.2kg of passion fruits
Variety: Passiflora Edulis Sims
Round shape, red-purple colour, skin wrinkles as the fruit ripens, sour and very aromatic taste, orange pulp with (edible) seeds
Farming in conversion to Organic Farming since 2021
We do not store fruits in cold chambers, they go directly from the tree to your doorstep
Our farm is not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size
One kilo contains between 18 and 24 fruits (the box contains between 39 and 53 fruits depending on the size)
If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last up to 2 weeks in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge)
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Environmentalist
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Conversion to organic farming
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Farmer 360
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Plastic-free
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Young Farmer
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Family Farm
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Visitors welcome
Antonio Moscato
I am Antonio Moscato, one of the owners of Sicilian Passion and also the first one who to believe in this project of bringing tropical fruit varieties from South American countries to Sicily. I decided to dedicate myself to agriculture because it gives me the ability to revitalise the land, a passion born from the desire to create life where there is none. This applies to abandoned land or fields in poor condition making them productive again and freeing them from the chemical poisons that many farmers still use. This enables me to innovate and improve the farm that was left to me by my grandfather. I come from a family of farmers, we are now in the third generation, and my father and uncle are working with me on this project. I have always worked in agriculture, and I also hold a degree in agriculture, so I have always been immersed in this field. In 2015, the idea of growing passion fruit was born. Initially I was only supported by my father but after a while we managed to involve my uncle in the project, founding the brand Sicilian Passion. My passion for agriculture was so strong that it led me to leave my job as a civil servant where I had received a good salary and all the benefits. It left this profession to pursue my biggest dream of growing tropical fruit in my native region Licata, an area dedicated to the production of vegetables and table grapes. The desire to seek a change not only using new products, but cultivating as naturally as possible without using plastic greenhouses, pesticides or chemical fertilizers, has filled my heart with joy, giving me satisfaction for what we have managed to build. Within the company, I am the sales manager and take care of the plant management, while my father and uncle take care of the processing of the goods and the management of the workforce in the field. I liked the idea of joining CrowdFarming right from the start because it is a company that has the same ideas of eco-sustainability and environmental protection that we also pursue, and it offers us the opportunity to market and make ourselves known throughout Europe.
Sicilian Passion
Sicilian Passion was born from an old idea of my grandfather Antonino, who wanted to offer his customers the possibility to taste an exotic fruit that was grown nearby and does not come from tropical countries thousands of kilometres away, which would make the fruit lose its quality and taste. The fruit passion plant requires a lot of care, from working the soil in order to loosen it and freeing it of weeds, to pruning the branches and leaves in the spring in order to increase the size of the fruit and increasing its level of sweetness. The name of the company "Sicilian Passion" derives from the same fruit that we have been cultivating since 2015 and in which we have specialised. As well as recalling part of the name of the fruit, it is intended to indicate our family's passion for agriculture, which to date has been handed down through three generations. The passion fruit is cultivated on an area of about 10 hectares where we used to plant grapes and vegetables. The farm is located in a strategic climatic zone because of its microclimate, which offers mild temperatures all year round. Behind us we have the mountains that offer us a light morning breeze during the day and in front of us we have the sea less than a kilometre away that mitigates the climate. The combination of these two factors means that temperatures in this area never fall below 6 degrees Celsius. The company offers work to various people, from our own citizens to less fortunate people who have come to Italy from less developed countries in search of fortune, offering them a job and a roof to live under and a regular employment contract with all the services and rights included. The water we use to irrigate our fields comes from spring water wells located within our own farm, and another part is granted to us by the water management consortium of the municipality of Licata. The plant needs a lot of water, especially in summer. We use drip irrigation to avoid any waste of water, and the pruning residues are used as mulch to reduce the transpiration of the soil. Electronic irrigation controllers with an automated system have been introduced to ensure a more efficient use of water. Our farm has begun the process of converting to organic farming in 2021, already implementing sustainable cultivation, using fertilisers of natural and non-chemical origin as well as beneficial insects at certain times of the year. Moreover, we safeguard those present in the area, avoiding uprooting host plants. The grass is mown and no chemical herbicides are used to control it, and there are plans to use inter-row legumes to encourage natural fertilisation thanks to nitrogen fixation. At the same time the mulching effect helps to reduce soil transpiration. As far as production waste is concerned, part of it is sent to the processing industry and with the other part we make jams that we sell under our own brand name. Some of the pruning residues are sold to cosmetic companies and some are used as mulch within the company.
Technical information
Address
Sicilian Passion, Licata (AG), IT
Size
10 ha
Team
3 women and 8 men
Cultivation technique
Agriculture in conversion to organic
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
Altitude
8 m
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