It is a Spanish variety whose origin is probably from the germination of a Common lemon seed grown around the Segura river. It is the first variety in importance in Spain and the earliest. Representing 80% of its production.
The tree blooms with intensity only once a year, usually between the first ten days of April and the beginning of May (later than the Verna lemon tree flowering and for a shorter period). Although there is also a second summer flowering (called rodrejos), but it is very scarce and with much thicker fruits than those of normal harvest.
The size of the fruit is medium, spherical or oval, with a smooth and fine rind. It lacks a neck in the pedicle region and its apical mamelon is sharp and small.
The pulp has a pale yellow color, is very juicy, with high juice yield and high acidity, which makes this variety highly appreciated by the citrus derivatives industry. Its number of segments varies from 8 to 12.
Of Spanish origin but the exact origin is unknown, it probably comes from the introduction of Italian lemon, Monachello type, in the garden of Murcia. It is the second most important variety in Spain (behind Primofiori) and the fifth in the world. Its production represents 20%, and it is grown mainly in Alicante and Murcia.
This lemon tree flowers more than once and generally enjoys two blooms. The main one, which gives rise to the fruits called harvest, is very long, since it extends from March to May, depending on the weather, location and physiological state of the trees.
In August and September another flowering takes place, whose fruits are called rodrejos or verdelli. They are collected in the summer of the following year. These fruits have a thinner and smoother skin than those harvested, as well as being more rounded and with a pale green color.
Inside, its pulp is tender and juicy, it has a good juice content, with a low acidity. Its average number of segments is eight to nine.
The Eureka variety is the most cultivated outside the Mediterranean area. It was obtained in California in 1858 and its main producers are mainly California, Australia, South Africa, Argentina and Israel.
The fruits are of medium size, elliptical or oblong, sometimes ovoid. They generally have a small neck in the pedicle region and a small apical mamelon that is often surrounded by an areolar groove.
The bark is of medium or thin thickness, normally smooth, although it may have some roughness, especially if it is grown in Mediterranean climates.
Inside, its pulp is tender and juicy, it has a good juice content, with a low acidity.
The conventionally grown lemon is one that has been treated in the field using different chemical products (fully regulated by the health authorities), which protect it against pests and also increase its life span. It is the one that is processed with a series of fungicidal products after its collection, the objective of making this application is to extend its useful life, avoiding the development and appearance of fungi and moulds.
Conventional lemon is also produced without post-harvest treatment. It is a product that is free of any type of fungicidal application after harvesting, which allows the consumption of the skin. In other words, only chemical products have been applied to this product in the field. It is carried out in a completely independent line, thus avoiding any type of cross contamination.
The organic lemon is cultivated by means of organic agriculture, the raw material is obtained from the optimal use of the natural resources of the farm, without using synthetic chemical products.
It is important to point out the benefits that this product presents in different areas. On the one hand, the whole process is developed in a sustainable and balanced way, using environmentally friendly exploitation methods, by way of less extensive agriculture. These techniques help preserve varieties of native species and diversity.
Our varietal calendars offer continuous seasonality. Thanks to our seasonal calendar, at La Paz Fresh we can enjoy lemons throughout the year and serve our customers 52 weeks of the year.
La Paz Fresh boasts its own farms where lemons of the two most deeply rooted varieties in our area are grown: Verna and Primofiori. We have conventional, organic lemon, zero residue and without post-harvest treatment. Our service is available during 52 weeks of the year, importing from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and South Africa.
La Paz Fresh is committed to the organic with the acquisition of a land with more than 40 hectares called Finca Monteverde, a present and future project that allows us to work the land both deeply and superficially for the correct treatment of organic lemon.
On this farm we use aorganic fertilizers and natural products, respecting the auxiliary fauna through the use of vegetation hedges which are a great reservoir of biodiversity acting as a refuge for local fauna and acting as a protective barrier against possible pests. The production follows the quality standards of Global GAP and Grasp. Our aim is to make Finca Monteverde a benchmark in organic citrus production and we want to go even further, making it biodynamic. Biodynamic agriculture considers the farm as an organism that is integrated together with the fauna, flora and human beings who inhabit the space.
Organic farming is based on going back to our roots, growing all the foods we need to survive in a natural way, respecting their growing time, the natural treatments that each crop needs and the use of new green technologies. For years, producers rushed to produce against the clock and streamline processes like growing food to supply humanity, but it’s time to make a change and start farming organically.. Organic farming consistently shows that it is not only the best option to protect our health and the environment, but that it is capable of feeding the planet if the right investments are made.
Irrigation has been one of the fundamental pillars of growing crops. The Monteverde Farm has been equipped with an efficient irrigation system in the use of available water resources, making use of the necessary technologies to incur the lowest possible water and energy consumption, guaranteeing the optimal operation and development of the crop.
The farm has opted for the use of materials and resources in irrigation facilities that allow us to be at the forefront of existing technology with responsible energy consumption. Given the current situation and future outlook in which water resources are increasingly limited, a clear compromise has been established between efficiency in the use of water and the incorporation of the latest technologies in irrigationsystems. For this reason, at Finca Monteverde, the installation of automatedirrigation pipes with self-compensating drippers, ensuring an exact distribution of water in the crop has been encouraged. In this way, the rational and effective use of water resources is guaranteed, minimizing energyconsumption. Another of the processes to take into account has been the earthwork, due to the fact that the terrain was modelled with the most advanced and up-to-date machinery equipped with 3D GPS, technology that has allowed, for better use of existing machines andbetter land management.
“Organic farming shows every day that not only is it the best option for our health and the environment, it can also feed the planet.”
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