Organic papayas from Casa Alta

5,00 kg/låda

Organic papayas from Casa Alta

5,00 kg/låda

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Specifikationer
Lådans innehåll: 1 låda innehåller 5kg organic papayas
Sort: Sweet Sense
Sweet with a pleasant smell, yellow skin when ripe and salmon-coloured flesh. Soft and juicy texture on the palate
Organic farming certified by European organic label since 2018
Picked the day before shipment at their optimal point of ripeness and shipped in a cardboard box without plastics
Our plants are not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size
One kilo contains between 1 and 2 fruits (the box contains between 4 and 7 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, harvested when it reaches physiological ripeness but continues to evolve after harvesting until it is ready for consumption
Important: The fruits usually arrive hard, keep them at room temperature until they reach they are ready to eat; if you receive an alread ripe piece, you can put it in the fridge or eat it straight away
Please note: The papaya must be harvested very close to the point of consumption, so it is likely to arrive with aesthetic damage during transport; even so, the fruit should arrive in perfect organoleptic condition
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Carlos del Corral Parra
My name is Carlos del Corral and today I'd like to tell you the story of our Casa Alta farm. If there's anyone who I should thank for ending up as part of this project, it's my father, who has always instilled in me a love and respect for agriculture. My family has always been linked to this profession. For example, I can still remember my grandfather pressing olives in the hamlet of Lagos. His olive press was truly unique and famous in the area, as it was located directly on the beach. Today it's part of a restaurant, which has retained its design. In fact, this is where you'll find the best couscous in the whole of Málaga! My career hasn't always been linked to agriculture. Before the economic crisis, I worked as an economist at a lift construction and maintenance company. Fortunately, my family's agricultural origins gave me a new opportunity. The change wasn't dramatic at all, as my father had involved me in agriculture when I was a little boy. Today, I enjoy my new profession, especially thanks to the papaya project, because we're doing something as motivational as experimenting and developing innovations in tropical agriculture in southern Europe. My role on the farm involves managing all agricultural activities, such as irrigation, fertilisation, pruning and harvesting campaigns. I draw on the knowledge of my partners to do this, as their experience in tropical cultivation is vast and invaluable. The main motivation behind our participation in CrowdFarming's Tropiterranean movement is precisely the origin of our project: the cultivation of tropical fruits in Europe to reduce the carbon footprint of the fruit's long journey from the tropics. What's more, one of the best rewards is having a fair price that recognises all our hard work and investments. I look forward to seeing you here on the coast of Málaga, under our warm sun and surrounded by our rich agriculture. We'd love to welcome you here at Casa Alta and show you around the farm. Furthermore, you can spend the night at our boutique hotel in Málaga, La Casa Azul B&B.
Casa Alta
Our farm, Casa Alta, is famous for its farmhouse, a nineteenth-century construction perched on the top of a hill that dominates the entire area. It has always been linked to agriculture; for example, at the time of rainfed agriculture, it was used to produce almonds, olive oil and raisins. However, rumour has it that due to its strategic location, the owners of the house gave refuge to one of the best-known bandits in Andalusia, Manuel Melgares. Together with his band of outlaws, such as El Bizco de El Borge, they would extort landlords and commit robberies, in the style of Wild West films, while constantly on the run from the authorities, who identified them as their main enemies. Casa Alta is located in the Axarquía region, very close to the Torre del Mar beaches, in the area known as Las Chorreras. This owes its name to the year-round waters that flow into the Babucena stream, a small channel of water that leads down to the beaches of Mezquitilla. This area is truly privileged, thanks to its exceptional climate with mild temperatures and many hours of sunshine. That's why the cultivation of tropical fruits is very widespread. My family bought the farm in the 1970s, and we were among the first farmers to plant avocados. Today they're majestic trees, which form part of the farm's history. On the farm, we have old carob trees and muscat vines, a reflection of the agricultural activity of yesteryear. Another crop that we once promoted was the strawberry, famous for its spectacular flavour. Known as 'Algarrobo strawberries', some farmers still grow them today as a minor crop, as they're highly renowned and appreciated. In fact, we grow them for our own use. The most recent history of Casa Alta is all about research and innovation, in keeping with current times. In 2015, some family friends asked us to use our greenhouses to grow papayas, a crop that is relatively unknown in the area. These friends are researchers at a renowned centre for the study of tropical crops, and for years they'd been studying papayas to show that they can be produced commercially in southern Europe, thereby doing away with the need to import from tropical countries. Thanks to their research, their many tests and their teamwork, we achieved the viable production of a tasty and juicy papaya (grown under EU organic regulations) which is highly appreciated and generates high demand. This breathed new life into our farm, meaning that we could recruit more workers and conjure up interest in papayas produced in Europe. Regarding water needs, the papaya is a plant that needs twenty litres every five days, approximately, which is similar to a banana tree. The water from our farm comes from a well-known reservoir in the area, La Viñuela, which feeds most of the plantations in the region. To optimise every single drop of water, we use drip irrigation and tensiometers, which let us know when to water and how much. Greenhouses are necessary because they simulate the tropical climate that the plant needs, with high humidity and heat, which results in a sweet and tasty fruit. We don't use mechanical sources such as heaters or assisted ventilation; it's basically the sun and the water that help us recreate tropical humidity. And, of course, every time we renew the greenhouse cover, we use authorised recycling points. Our entire farm is certified as organic, so we implement an integrated crop management system. For example, we use the pruning remains from the papaya plant as crushed organic matter to foster soil development. And the beehives around the farms help us pollinate the papaya flowers, providing food for the bees in times when pollen is scarce. What's more, we foster biological control through organisms in our environment to fight off pests that damage papaya, which also avoids the use of chemicals. Papaya has been an opportunity for several families, who thanks to the increase of work on the farm, became part of our work team. Thus, the usual team of two workers was recently joined by two others who are now part of the Casa Alta family. In addition, our researcher friends are part of the project, as partners who provide the knowledge and experience necessary to produce our delicious papayas. Our papayas are so renowned that they're all used in some way or another. Any that fail to meet the minimum quality requirements to be sold as fresh fruit are used for processed products such as organic jam and juices. That's why our farm has signed up to the movement to combat food waste.
Teknisk information
Adress
Casa Alta, Vélez-Málaga, ES
Altitud
90m
Team
1 women and 4 men
Storlek
12,76 ha
Odlingsteknik
Organic Farming
Bevattning
Drip irrigation
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