Adopt custard apple tree from the farm "Hacienda Altos de Cantarriján" in Almuñecar (Spanje) and receive your organic custard apples at home. José Antonio 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 as long as the preparation has not yet begun.
You adopt custard apple tree from our farm in Almuñecar (Spanje). The cultivation here is certified as organic by the European Union as of 2020. When placing the adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your custard apple tree. The cherimoya, or the 'custard apple', is one of the most traditional fruits grown on the Costa Tropical of Granada. This fruit is very popular in the region but unknown to many people. This variety is known as the Fino de Jete and was developed in the area. Its name refers to Jete, a village in the heart of the region where this variety was planted and selected in the late nineteenth century from plants that came to the south of Spain from South America in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The tree grows to a medium height and has intense green leaves. It belongs to the Annonaceae (*Annona cherimola*) family. As it's a species from other latitudes, it doesn't have natural pollinators in the area, so each flower must be pollinated by hand after extracting pollen from other flowers. This is a very labour-intensive and meticulous process that has to be carried out by experienced people to be successful. Some of these trees were planted by my grandparents and great-grandparents in the 1930s and 1940s, and they're still bearing incredible fruit. Most of our family's custard apple plots have been organic since 2020. There are others that are still in the certification process and will have the organic farming logo in 2023. I'm still very young, but I've lived in the countryside since I was little, because I come from a family with a long tradition in the farming of subtropical fruits. My grandfather has taught me many things. The Hacienda Altos de Cantarriján is located in an exceptional part of the Mediterranean with an incredible microclimate for avocado farming. It straddles the provinces of Málaga and Granada and is sheltered by the mountains to the north, with views to the Mediterranean in the south. The most typical problem in this area is the strong wind in the winter, which can blow some of the fruit off the trees. That's why we prefer the trees not to grow too tall. Your adoption is 82 years old and its maximum lifespan is 100 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 custard apple tree produces an average of 8kg of organic custard apples 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.
During the season, you will be able to receive the harvest that you are reserving now: a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 1 boxes. Once you paid for the adoption, you will be able to plan your shipments from your user account. Shipping format: __2kg box of organic custard apples__ * Fino de Jete custard apple (November-March): thin, scale-like skin with pale green hue; uniform and variable size; heart-shaped; highly aromatic with a slightly bittersweet taste reminiscent of a mix between a pineapple and a banana; many seeds * Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2020 * Picked the day before shipment at their optimal point of ripeness and shipped in a cardboard box without plastics * Our farm is not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size * One kilo contains between 3 and 5 fruits (the box contains between 6 and 10 fruits depending on the size) * Keep them at room temperature until they are ripe, once they are fully ripe put them in the fridge to keep them longer * It is a climacteric fruit which is harvested when it reaches physiological maturity; after being picked from the tree it then continues to ripen until it has reached its optimum point for consumption * Important note: the fruits usually arrive hard; to ripen them, keep them at room temperature until they are ready to eat; if you receive some fruit that is already ripe, you can either eat it right away or keep it in the fridge The custard apple is a delicious fruit but very delicate to transport. They ripen very quickly so we recommend eating them as soon as they're soft. The best way to eat them is to cut in half and eat the pulp with a spoon. This fruit has a high number of seeds, which is characteristic of the Annonaceae. Although they might seem annoying, eating them is a truly unique experience. This fruit will give a special flavour to your table. Warning: The custard apple might arrive with cosmetic damage due to transport, so please be aware of this. Even so, the fruit will be in perfect organoleptic conditions.
Wanneer ontvang je het?
The custard apple harvest starts in October and runs until May. However, we prefer not to send overripe custard apples, so we'll only ship them in the winter, when the fruit ripens more slowly.