organic almonds

organic almonds

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The project

Adopt an almond tree from the farm "Terradiva" in Minervino Murge (Italy) and receive your harvest in the form of organic almonds at home. The Farmer Vincenzo 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?

Adopt an almond tree that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2006. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your almond tree. Almond trees are a new organic cultivation on our farm, and since 2006 we have planted 6,400 of them. Our father Michele planted the first almond trees almost by chance, to recover a small triangular plot of land next to a vineyard where it was hard to maneuver agricultural vehicles. Later on, though, he became passionate about the cultivation of almond trees and he has now planted way more than he had first imagined. The youngest saplings were planted in 2017. There are two varieties of our almond trees: Genco and Filippo Cea, both typical varieties of Puglia, rediscovered in the last decade after years in which they had been somewhat forgotten throughout the region. We follow the cultivation of almond trees from the fields to the packaging of the fruit, as ours is an artisanal and family-run production. We take care of the harvest directly, we carry out the hulling operations in the field right by the trees. In this phase the almond is deprived of the herbaceous part that is present around the brown shell. Then there is the drying phase, where the almonds are placed in a dry and sunny place and then turned several times a day until they lose all the moisture. At that point the almonds are shelled by a machine which then separates the fruit from the shells. In the last phase, the almonds are selected manually, this is a very demanding operation which nevertheless allows us to have first choice nuts. Terradiva is our way of restoring a little beauty and dignity to the world of agriculture. The Terradiva brand was founded in 2015 by my sister Angela and I. Today in Terradiva there is our whole family, it is a small business, so our products are handcrafted, they are packaged and labeled one by one by hand. As a younger generation, we are committed to combining family experience with our training and contemporary vision of a family run organic farm, focused on sustainability and the care of our territory. The productive life of an almond tree is around 35 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 almond tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others.

What will you receive?

Each season we will send you a box with: 1x __Organic shelled almonds__ (3kg) The almonds that you will receive are shelled, not peeled. Therefore they come without their woody shell but with the brown skin. Our almonds are mixed and belong to two typical varieties of Puglia: the Genco and the Filippo Cea, which take their name from our illustrious countrymen who wisely selected these seeds at the end of the 1950s. The __Filippo Cea almond__ is smaller than the Genco, it is characterized by often having a twin seedling, or a double almond in the same shell. Its taste is sweet, delicate, buttery. The __Genco almond__ has a larger size, an intense, aromatic and persistent flavor, tasting it you will feel slight notes of bitterness. Our advice is to experiment with almonds in many ways: just as a snack during breaks at work, toasted in the oven with spices, in biscuits, in sweet and savory pies, in salads, with chicken, with fish, with soft cheeses. Almonds can be stored for 12 months after shelling. We carry out periodic shelling to offer a fresher and crunchy nut. Ours is a 100% artisanal production, the almonds are carefully selected by hand, then packed in a paper bag and labeled by hand. In the last year we have been committed to eliminating plastic from all our almond packages, so we only use paper or cellulose pulp (biodegradable and compostable). For optimal conservation we suggest storing the almonds in one or more airtight glass jars, away from heat sources, in a cool and dry place. With high temperatures (above 24 degrees) we recommend storing them in the refrigerator. Otherwise, since they are untreated organic almonds, food moths could develop inside the package. If you like [EVOO](, have a look at our other proyect.

When will you receive it?

You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out. The almond harvest tends to take place in mid-September for both the Genco and Filippo Cea variety almonds, then depending on the vintage and the weather conditions, the harvest can be brought forward to the end of August or postponed to the end of September. We make preparations for the harvest when observing the fruits on the trees we notice that the husk (the herbaceous part) begins to detach from the shell (the woody part). Being a small farm, we dedicate a large part of our work in February to those who have adopted our almond trees. We shell the almonds, select them, package and label each bag by hand. You will receive Terradiva almonds starting from the second week of March, which is coincidentally also a time when our almond trees are especially beautiful, blossoming with white flowers.

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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